MADISON, Wis. — Only eight months in, 2016 is already looking like another blockbuster year for M&A in the global semiconductor industry. The difference is that, while the number of deals is down, the size of some deals is huge, like Softbank's plans to buy ARM for $32 billion in cash.
As valuations keep going up, the questions now are who’s left to buy and what’s a good buy?
Slow overall chip market growth, rising cost, diminished venture capital investments in the semiconductor industry, and cheap interest rates are among the reasons tempting chip vendors to keep buying.
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