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Report: Intel, Nvidia Could Be Buying Chinese Chip Makers

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Could Intel and Nvidia be looking to acquire be acquire Chinese chip makers?

A report published by Digitimes states that smaller companies such as Leadcore Technology, Innofidei, Spreadtrum Communications as well as RDA Microelectronics are looking to merge with other companies to be better positioned to compete with larger rivals such as Mediatek and Qualcomm.

There is speculation that Intel, Nvidia and Broadcom could be jumping into the game, which could allow the companies to access TD-SCDMA chips and get closer to Chinese handset makers. Whether those three are interested is based on the question whether an acquisition will, in fact, allow them to sell more chips. However, the nature of such a deal would exclusively relate to the Chinese market. Intel especially has been very aggressive in acquiring businesses that open up new opportunities or fill a certain void in its portfolio, but the company declined to comment on the report.

Digitimes pointed out that MediaTek's recent merger with MStar semiconductor is putting some pressure on smartphone chip makers in China to step up their game, merge or acquire in order to be able to remain competitive.

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    dalethepcman , October 3, 2012 7:03 PM
    I see this as a middle finger to Apple and their supply chain problems. "Haha we bought the chip makers first!"
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    ttg_Avenged , October 3, 2012 6:07 PM
    Honestly, not good. I love Intel and Nvidia as much as the next guy (I have a frickin' GTX 680) but we truly do need competition. AMD is slacking, and this would put Green & Blue team even more ahead. We need competition or prices will soar.
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    ttg_Avenged , October 3, 2012 6:07 PM
    Honestly, not good. I love Intel and Nvidia as much as the next guy (I have a frickin' GTX 680) but we truly do need competition. AMD is slacking, and this would put Green & Blue team even more ahead. We need competition or prices will soar.
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    bllue , October 3, 2012 6:31 PM
    Intel prices are already too high as it is, this can't be good.
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    dalethepcman , October 3, 2012 7:03 PM
    I see this as a middle finger to Apple and their supply chain problems. "Haha we bought the chip makers first!"
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    digiex , October 3, 2012 7:11 PM
    Oh no, the Chinese will just pirate the processor design and then use it against the free world.
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    allenpan , October 3, 2012 7:39 PM
    or use it to "Free" the world from the stupid patent lawsuit!
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    guru_urug , October 3, 2012 7:50 PM
    "Could Intel and Nvidia be looking to acquire be acquire Chinese chip makers?"
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    holyknight1121 , October 3, 2012 7:54 PM
    LOL, CPU or GPU breaks down and you look at it. It says, "Made in China".
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    inerax , October 3, 2012 8:01 PM
    They need to purchase them and move them to the USA
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    rohitbaran , October 3, 2012 8:11 PM
    holyknight1121LOL, CPU or GPU breaks down and you look at it. It says, "Made in China".

    So? A lot of electronic goods are made in China today. It is more about the quality control that a company exercises rather than where the part itself is built.
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    booyaah , October 3, 2012 8:11 PM
    Before I clicked on this article and saw 'reported' in the title, I chuckled to myself and thought, I bet this article will start off with the words 'According to Digitimes'.

    Sure enough I was not disappointed.

    /sarcasm
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    greghome , October 3, 2012 9:38 PM
    holyknight1121LOL, CPU or GPU breaks down and you look at it. It says, "Made in China".


    CPUs are mostly made in Malaysia
    GPUs are mostly made in Taiwan
    Motherboards are mostly made in China

    All the above stated countries have a large chinese population ;)  just saying
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    A Bad Day , October 3, 2012 10:18 PM
    rohitbaranSo? A lot of electronic goods are made in China today. It is more about the quality control that a company exercises rather than where the part itself is built.


    Yeah, I don't think Nividia or Intel would want sub-par silicons on the market under their brand for obvious reasons.
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    knowom , October 4, 2012 12:54 AM
    So long as it's not Intel or Apple I'm fine with whomever acquires them.
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    silverblue , October 4, 2012 6:10 AM
    greghomeCPUs are mostly made in MalaysiaGPUs are mostly made in TaiwanMotherboards are mostly made in ChinaAll the above stated countries have a large chinese population just saying

    Interesting... but I really wouldn't tell the Malaysians and Taiwanese that, unless you meant a large proportion of inhabitants of said nations were Chinese, of course.
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    greghome , October 4, 2012 6:39 AM
    silverblueInteresting... but I really wouldn't tell the Malaysians and Taiwanese that, unless you meant a large proportion of inhabitants of said nations were Chinese, of course.


    Taiwan is ( unofficially ) the Republic of China, Whilst Malaysia is home to the largest chinese community outside of China, covering 30-40% of the countries population
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    silverblue , October 4, 2012 5:35 PM
    Taiwan is such a touchy subject. Still, point very much taken.