Microchip Has Advantage over Dialog in Atmel Contest

Microchip, the microcontroller manufacturer based in Chandler, Arizona, has the advantage over Dialog Semiconductor in the bidding war for Atmel, said a source familiar with the matter as well as two Atmel investors.

Dialog, based in London, has the wherewithal to increase its offer, the sources said. But even if it does, Microchip probably has more synergies with Atmel because the two U.S.-based companies make the same type of chips, speculated the first investor. Atmel and Microchip make microcontrollers, semiconductors that lend computing to objects like connected electronics, whereas

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Sarah Cohen

Sarah Cohen

Sarah Cohen joined CTFN in August of 2015. Sarah is a New Jersey-based telecom and technology M&A reporter whose work has appeared in Forbes, TheStreet, FT.com, and many other publications including Mergermarket, where she worked for 10 years. Sarah has covered Yahoo, the data center space, new and incumbent telecoms, FCC matters, and CFIUS for CTFN. She has an MA in communications from Bowling Green State University and BA in English from the University of New Hampshire.

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