Winbond Electronics Corp (華邦電子), one of the nation's leading dynamic random-access memory (DRAM) chipmakers, yesterday announced that it will purchase the advanced PC division of the Santa Clara, California-based National Semiconductor for around NT$2 billion (US$65 million).
Winbond said the acquisition of National's PC unit, whose revenue accounted for about 10 percent of Winbond's annual revenue last year, will help strengthen its technological and research capabilities in the development of personal computers and their peripherals.
The proposed buy-out is also expected to strengthen the Hsinchu, Taiwan-based company's competitiveness and help improve its product lineup, Winbond said in a statement to the Taiwan Stock Exchange Corp.
Boosted by the news, shares of Winbond rose NT$0.05, or 0.43 percent, to close at NT$11.65.
"National's advanced PC division will be a tremendous addition to our company and accelerate our ability to deliver high-end mixed signal, I/O and advanced system solutions to our customers," Winbond chairman Arthur Chiao (焦佑鈞) said in a news release.
For its US partner, "The sale is consistent with National's ongoing program to maximize resources and support for the company's analog business," National Semiconductor said in a news release.
"The sale benefits both companies," chairman and chief executive officer Brian Halla of National, said in the release. "National is committed to focusing on its core analog portfolio. Winbond, meanwhile, is well positioned to leverage our digital and mixed-signal IP with their established line of products for the computer, laptop and server markets."
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National's advanced PC division currently recruits about 150 workers, most of whom are located at a research and design center in Herzlia, Israel.
While these 150 workers are expected to join Winbond's headquarters at the Hsinchu Science Park (
"Details about the allocation of those workers are still in discussion," Cecilia Fok (
Fok said they would have a final decision on the issue before the deal closes by May.
In the release, National said the deal is expected to be completed during the fourth quarter of fiscal 2005, which Fok said is sometime around May.