Chipmakers Sitting on Cash Piles Set Stage for More Deals: Chart

Chipmakers worldwide have built up their cash holdings, fueled by demand for semiconductors that go into the devices at the center of everyday life. The industry’s giants could kick off a new round of consolidation, according to analysts. Qualcomm Inc. says it’s cashed up for deals while Samsung Electronics Co. is keen to build products for the so-called Internet of Things amid stalling sales of its smartphones.

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