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The 10 Biggest Semiconductor News Stories Of 2021

Last year’s biggest news stories in the semiconductor industry included a mix of breakthroughs and setbacks for M&A deals, AMD reaching its highest market share since 2006 and big changes at Intel.

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A Mixed Report For M&A Deals And More

2021 may have gone down as the year that the world gained a greater appreciation for the importance of semiconductors in modern society.

A lot of this had to do with the global chip shortage, which prevented companies across multiple industries, including IT and automotive, from meeting customer demand for their products. This long-lasting shortage prompted chipmakers, original equipment manufacturers and government officials to push for subsidies to build new factories in the United States and elsewhere.

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But the shortage wasn’t the only big story in the semiconductor industry last year. 2021 also saw big changes at Intel, including a new CEO and manufacturing strategy, as well as AMD reach its highest share in the x86 CPU market since 2006. Nvidia also revealed a new road map for CPUs as well as an expanded portfolio of enterprise software.

And the industry’s largest merger and acquisition deals saw a mix of breakthroughs and setbacks, with Intel closing on the first phase of the sale of its NAND business to SK Hynix, AMD delaying the completion of its Xilinx deal, and the Federal Trade Commission suing to block the Nvidia-Arm deal.

What follows are the 10 biggest semiconductor news stories of 2021, with a focus on developments that had a large impact on channel partners in the IT industry.

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