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With Apple’s recent acquisition of semiconductor company Intrinsity (investors included Adams Capital Management, Altitude Capital Partners, the secretive Hillman Company, Goldman Sachs and Northwater Capital Management) for a rumored $121M, we took a look at the historical venture capital deal and dollar flow to semiconductor companies.
The trend, as the graph below illustrates, has been a negative one since 2006 with deals and dollars flowing to the semiconductor industry from venture capitalists declining.
But we wonder if Apple’s moves to vertically integrate may portend good things for other semiconductor companies who Apple’s competitors may look at? Or is Apple’s buying not over (they also bought PA Semi for a reported $278M in 2008)? And could this overall heightened interest serve as a call to venture capitalists that semiconductors are back? The investment data tracked by CB Insights for 2010 shows semiconductor investing is off to a healthy start suggesting investors see opportunity.
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