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Intel calls off $5.4 billion purchase of Tower Semiconductor


Intel Corporation, an American multinational corporation, has been a leader in the semiconductor industry for more than five decades. Recently they had planned to acquire Israel’s Tower Semiconductor for $5.4 billion. Intel wanted to add Tower’s manufacturing capacity to meet its growing demand for more semiconductors. However, they have called off the deal, leaving the semiconductor industry wondering what its implications are. In this blog post, we will explore the 5 points that best explain Intel’s decision to call off the acquisition of Tower Semiconductor.

1. Regulatory Issues

The acquisition was subject to regulatory approvals in various countries, including China and the United States. There were doubts as to whether those approvals would be granted due to the political tensions between China and the US. An earlier post by Intel said that the proposed deal was not likely to be approved by all government regulatory bodies in time, and that the company had exited the agreement.

Intel calls off $5.4 billion purchase of Tower Semiconductor - MarketWatch

2. Future Production Costs

Intel had planned to combine Tower’s manufacturing capabilities along with Intel’s to increase its chip production to meet the growing demand. However, in its press release, Intel announced that based on its evaluations, the benefits of the acquisition were not worth the current costs of production.

3. Tower’s Manufacturing Equipment

Tower is well known for manufacturing semiconductors that use older and outdated equipment. This was a major reason for Intel’s interest in purchasing them, to help them alleviate the current chip shortage. However, overturning the outdated equipment and replacing it could have caused additional production costs. Intel’s representatives cited the need to invest considerably more than they had anticipated in upgrading the manufacturing equipment.

4. Difficulties between the partnered companies

The acquisition negotiations have been ongoing since May and seemed to have been going smoothly until recently. Some reports suggest that the two companies had disagreements over pricing and other critical details, leading Intel to terminate the agreement.

Intel terminates plan to buy Tower Semiconductor

5. Future of Intel

Intel is still a leader in the semiconductor production industry, but it has faced significant challenges recently. Most notably, increasing competition from companies like Nvidia, Apple, and Qualcomm. In July, Intel announced delays in its next-generation processor chips, which some industry experts speculated as reasons for Intel reconsidering their acquisition of Tower Semiconductor.


Intel’s decision to cancel the acquisition of Tower Semiconductor has raised many questions. It is not uncommon for companies to cancel deals during negotiations for various reasons, but the significance of this deal made it of particular interest. Based on the five points outlined above, it’s clear Intel must review its strategies as newer and better technologies emerge. These plans must address production costs, meet manufacturing demands and stay competitive as pioneers in the semiconductor industry. Finally, it remains to be seen whether Intel will continue to seek acquisitions for growth or focus on its current production capabilities to meet market needs.