12 biggest technology acquisitions of all time
In what may come as the biggest acquisition ever in technology domain, semiconductor company, Broadcom has made a bid of $103 billion for processor maker Qualcomm. The acquisition will also come as the biggest merger in the field of technology. Here are some other biggest technology acquisitions in the history of this segment-:
Dell purchased data-storage company EMC for $67 billion in the year 2016, making it the biggest tech deal till this date.
Qualcomm's $38-billion bid to acquire NXP Semiconductors
Another big deal which happened in the year 2016 was Qualcomm's $38 billion-offer for procuring NXP Semiconductors. The deal is currently being analysed by regulators.
Avago Technologies procured Broadcom's chip business
In a deal of cash-and-stock worth $37 billion, Avago buyed the rival chip-maker Broadcom. Broadcom's chips are widely utilized in smartphones manufactured by tech giants like Apple and Samsung Electronics.
SoftBank acquires ARM for $32 billion in 2016
In the largest ever acquisition of a European headquartered technology firm, Japanese financial giant SoftBank acquired UK-based chip designer.
Microsoft's acquisition of LinkedIn for $26.2 billion
Technology giant Microsoft acquired professional networking platform LinkedIn in a transaction valued at $26.2 billion last year in July.
For Microsoft, the deal was its biggest acquisition by size. Prior to this the company acquired Skyp, the online video and voice calling platform for $8.5 billion.
Facebook acquires Whatsapp
Social media major Facebook acquired WhatsApp for a whopping $22 billion in the year 2014. The company announced the merger for $19 billion in February 2014, however, by the time the deal was finalized in October 2016, whatsapp's value surged to $22 billion.
HP acquires Compaq
In the year 2001, HP announced the acquisition of its competitor Compaq in the personal computers segment. Both the companies announced a merger agreement to create an $87 billion global technology company on September 3, 2001.
Symantec Corp buys Veritas
Security major Symantec acquired storage major Veritas for $13.5 billion in the year 2005. After 10 years Symantec sold Veritas for $8 billion to a group of outside investors.
HP buys EDS
HP procured technology consulting services giant Electronic Data Systems (EDS) for $13 billion (approximately) in the year 2008. The company was sold as part of an $8.5 billion deal to Computer Sciences Corp earlier this year.
Google acquires Motorola
Google acquired Motorola for $12.5 billion in August 2012 and in less than two years (January 2014), Google sold Motorola's smartphone business to Chinese PC maker Lenovo for $2.9 billion.
Oracle buys PeopleSoft
In December 2004, Oracle Corporation finalized a deal to procure PeopleSoft for $11 billion. The merger was concluded after 18 months.
HP buys Autonomy
Hewlett-Packard in yet another deal shelled out $11.1 billion for UK software firm Autonomy. However only after a year, Hewlett-Packard wrote down $8.8 billion of the value of Autonomy.