Intel agreed to buy Altera Corp. for $16.7B to defend its presence in data centers, following Avago Technologies Ltd. agreeing to buy Broadcom Corp. for $37B. Definitely a record year for semiconductor industry consolidation.

Flat revenue projections is forcing companies slow to respond to market changes to look to acquisitions for continued growth. Hopefully all the consolidation will once again open the door for numerous innovative startups.

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