Chinese company Tsinghua will spend $ 47 billion to get into the top three largest chip manufacturers

    The Chinese company Tsinghua Unigroup Ltd plans to invest in the production of microcircuits. In the next five years, she will invest 300 billion yuan ($ 47 billion) in this area.

    Tsinghua's management expects the investment will enable the Chinese company to enter the top three global chip manufacturers. In this area, she will have to compete with Intel , Samsung Electronics and Qualcomm . Now Intel is the leader in this area, with Samsung Electronics and Qualcomm respectively occupying the second and third places.

    As the world's largest processor manufacturer, Intel has been a leader in the semiconductor market for many years. In terms of annual revenue, it was significantly ahead of competitors, although in terms of volumes in units of production it was far from the first place.

    According to the IHS iSuppli report , according to the results of the second quarter of calendar 2015, Samsung reduced the lag behind Intel by a record distance in terms of market share by up to 1.6%. The lag began to decline noticeably from 2011 from 6.9% to 6% in 2012, to 4.3% in 2013 and 3.4% in 2014. In the first quarter of 2015, Samsung was already behind Intel by the share of the semiconductor market by Intel 2.1%

    Intel's capitalization is estimated at $ 151.5 billion. Tsinghua Unigroup's planned investments are roughly equal to Intel's annual revenue from chip sales (last year it amounted to $ 50 billion).

    According to the head of Tsinghua Unigroup, the company is negotiating a deal with one of the American companies engaged in the production of microcircuits.

    In August, Tsinghua Unigroup made an unofficial offer to purchase the American Micron Technology Inc, reports Reuters. However, it was rejected. In general, over the past two years, the Chinese organization has spent more than $ 9.4 billion on investments and acquisitions, including the purchase of shares in American Western Digital Corp and Taiwanese Powertech Technology Inc. It recently announced the investment of $ 3.775 billion in Western Digital. In exchange, Unisplendour, a member of Tsinghua Unigroup, will receive a 15% stake in Western Digital and a seat on the board of directors. In May of this year, a controlling stake in the server division of HP was acquired for $ 2.3 billion.

    China is extremely interested in owning its own semiconductor industry. The country spends more annually on the import of microchips than on crude oil.

    According to the IHS Technology research company, in 2014 the global chip market reached $ 355 billion. Intel's chip revenue last year was $ 50 billion.

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