Amazon in talks with Texas Instruments

A merger arbitrage

Amazon.com, the world’s largest Internet retailer, is in advanced  talks to buy the mobile chip business of Texas Instruments, Israeli financial newspaper Calcalist reported on Monday. If negotiations lead to an agreement, Amazon, which makes tablets and is expected to enter the smartphone industry, would become a direct rival to Apple (AAPL) and Samsung Electronics, which also designs their own chips.

The value of any deal will probably be billions of dollars, Calcalist reported. Note that Texas Instruments said last month it will shift its wireless investment focus from products like smartphones to a broader market, including industrial clients such as carmakers, where it is hoping for a more profitable and stable business. Texas Instruments, which chips are used in Amazon’s Kindle Fire tablet, told investors it would continue to support its customers but its mobile application chip business, which supports features like video, will not invest in supporting its customers future roadmap for tablets and smartphones to the same degree as before.

Texas Instruments (TXN : NASDAQ : US$28.22), Net Change: 0.94, % Change: 3.45%, Volume: 13,700,511 Amazon.com (AMZN : NASDAQ : US$244.18), Net Change: 1.82, % Change: 0.75%, Volume: 2,944,184

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