Apple deals with a variety of different companies, sometimes acquiring them outright, and other times striking deals to acquire only certain parts.
The latter situation appears to be the most recent scenario. As was reported on Thursday by TechCrunch, Apple has struck a lucrative deal with chipmaker Dialog Semiconductor to the tune of $600 million, which will see Apple acquiring assets and talent, as well as licensing IP to expand chipmaking endeavors specifically in the European region.
The deal sees Apple acquiring specific assets as part of the deal, along with 300 Dialog team members from the company’s R&D section. In addition to that Apple is also going to be able to license Dialog’s iPhone power management technology.
“While Dialog is describing this as an asset transfer and licensing deal, it will be Apple’s biggest acquisition by far in terms of people: 300 people will be joining Apple as part of it, or about 16 percent of Dialog’s total workforce. From what we understand, those who are joining have already been working tightly with Apple up to now. The teams joining are based across Livorno in Italy, Swindon in England, and Nabern and Neuaubing in Germany, near Munich, where Apple already has an operation.”
As far as the money is concerned, Dialog announced that Apple will be handing over $300 million in upfront cash, and then doling out the additional $300 million for unspecified products that will be delivered to Apple over the next three years. Dialog sees this as a way to reduce its dependence on Apple over this stretch of time and beyond, which isn’t too surprising considering Apple can develop its own power management chips without the assistance of Dialog.
This is the second major acquisition report from Apple we have heard this week. Just yesterday we heard that Apple had acquired the Danish startup Spektral, which is known for its ability to “intelligently remove people and objects in real-time from the background in photos and videos”. That deal was to the tune of $30 million, and was finalized back in late 2017 but only now surfaced to the public.