Intel nears its largest-ever takeover deal

Wall Street Journal

 News By : Margaret Nixon



Intel Corp. is in advanced talks to buy chip partner Altera Corp., according to people familiar with the model, a move that would represent the semiconductor giant's biggest-ever acquisition.

It wasn't immediately clear how much Intel would pay for a deal. Altera had a market capitalization of about $10.4 billion before The Wall Street Journal first reported on the talks and ended Friday valued at $13.4 billion. It would be a big bite for Intel, which has historically stuck to smaller-size acquisitions.

The Santa Clara, Calif., company is a giant in the semiconductor business and had a market value of $151.6 billion. It is the largest maker by far of chips that supply calculating engines in PCs and server systems.

Altera, based in San Jose, Calif., is one of the two largest makers field-programmable gate arrays, or FPGAs, which can be configured by customers for various tasks after they are manufactured. FPGAs are widely used in phone networks, computer-networking equipment, cars and other products.

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