Within the past year, slowing growth and rising costs drove larger deals in the chip industry. According to a report by Dealogic, referred to in The Wall Street Journal, chip companies have revealed $100.6 billion in mergers and acquisitions so far in 2015, already surpassing the $37.7 billion in deals announced in 2014.
The increased rate of acquisitions comes as the chip industry faces a number of challenges. Market research firm Gartner predicted that worldwide semiconductor sales will decline 0.8 percent in 2015, the first revenue decline since 2012.
Following are five blowout acquisitions over the past few months among larger chip companies, including Intel's planned $16.7 billion acquisition of Altera and Avago Technologies' $37 billion buy of Broadcom Corp.