Intel, the global technology giant, recently announced the cancellation of its planned $5.4 billion acquisition of Israel's Tower Semiconductor. This decision presents a setback to Intel's ambitious strategy of expanding its chip-manufacturing business.
Consequently, Intel will now be obligated to pay a termination fee of $353 million to Tower Semiconductor (TSEM). However, beyond this significant financial repercussion, the real blow lies in the impact on Intel's objective of establishing a strong presence in the chip-manufacturing market by offering contract manufacturing services through its Foundry Services unit.
Under the leadership of CEO Pat Gelsinger, Intel has made the Foundry Services unit a top priority, aiming to provide an alternative to Taiwan Semiconductor Manufacturing (TSM). The acquisition of Tower Semiconductor would have provided Intel with experienced personnel within the sector, as well as valuable manufacturing facilities located in Israel and the U.S.
"We are committed to executing our roadmap and reclaiming leadership in transistor performance and power performance by 2025. We are gaining momentum with customers and across the broader ecosystem," expressed Gelsinger in a recent statement, showcasing his determination to steer Intel towards success.
Moreover, Gelsinger emphasized that Intel would remain open to future opportunities for collaboration with Tower Semiconductor.
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