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Intel snaps up Tower Semiconductor

by on15 February 2022

$5.4 billion

Chipzilla has written a $5.4 billion cheque for Tower Semiconductor – a foundry for analogue semiconductor solutions.

The move is part of Chipzilla’s cunning Intel’s IDM 2.0 plan which will see the company further expand its manufacturing capacity, global footprint and technology portfolio to address unprecedented industry demand. Intel established Intel Foundry Services (IFS) in March 2021 to help meet the growing global demand for semiconductor manufacturing capacity.

Intel CEO [Kicking] Pat Gelsinger said: “Tower’s specialty technology portfolio, geographic reach, deep customer relationships and services-first operations will help scale Intel’s foundry services and advance our goal  of becoming a major provider of foundry capacity globally.”

“This deal will enable Intel to offer a compelling breadth of leading-edge nodes and differentiated specialty technologies on mature nodes – unlocking new opportunities for existing and future customers in an era of unprecedented demand for semiconductors,” he enthused.

Tower has street smarts in radio frequency (RF), power, silicon-germanium (SiGe), and industrial sensors, extensive IP and electronic design automation (EDA) partnerships, and established foundry footprint will provide broad coverage to both Intel and Tower’s customers globally.

Tower serves high-growth markets such as mobile, automotive, and power. Tower operates a geographically complementary foundry presence with facilities in the U.S. and Asia serving fabless companies as well as IDMs and offers more than 2 million wafer starts per year of capacity – including growth opportunities in  Texas, Israel, Italy, and Japan.

Tower also brings a foundry-first customer approach with an industry-leading customer support portal and IP storefront, as well as design services and capabilities.

Tower CEO Russell Ellwanger said that Tower built an incredible range of speciality analogue foundry solutions based upon deep customer partnerships, with worldwide manufacturing capabilities. I could not be prouder of the company and of our talented and dedicated employees.

“With Intel, we will drive new and meaningful growth opportunities and offer even greater value to our customers through a full suite of technology solutions and nodes and a greatly expanded global manufacturing footprint. We look forward to being an integral part of Intel’s foundry offering.”

Intel intends to fund the acquisition with cash it has lying around and can be found down the back of the sofa.  The transaction is expected to close in approximately 12 months. It has been unanimously approved by Intel’s and Tower’s boards of directors and is subject to certain regulatory approvals and customary closing conditions, including the approval of Tower’s stockholders.


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