Microchips

Chipmakers bulk up for auto challenges

12:01 am U.S. ET | March 9, 2015

For the connected, automated cars of the future, choosing the right silicon may be as important as choosing the right steel. That's the thinking behind the bet made last week by Dutch chipmaker NXP Semiconductors NV, which agreed to acquire Texas-based Freescale Semiconductor Ltd. for $11.8 billion, signaling that it will pitch its products to automakers as the most secure and reliable in the business....
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NXP to buy Freescale in $11.8 billion deal for automotive microchips

2:29 pm U.S. ET | March 2, 2015

Dutch chipmaker NXP Semiconductors NV said today it will pay $11.8 billion to acquire Texas-based Freescale Semiconductor. NXP has succeeded where other European chipmakers have struggled by focusing on products for the auto industry and mobile payments....
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Silicon Valley chipmaker Nvidia, Audi step up computing work

6:20 am U.S. ET | Jan. 5, 2015

Chipmaker Nvidia revealed that it's accelerating its push into cars with two purpose-built automotive computers. Nvidia has built up its list of automotive customers over the past several years, with luxury brands such as Tesla and Audi now using its high-powered chips....
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