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AI chip deals remain low; chip makers take over as major buyers, reveals new Omdia research
[February 21, 2024]

AI chip deals remain low; chip makers take over as major buyers, reveals new Omdia research

LONDON, Feb. 21, 2024 /PRNewswire/ -- With demand for AI chips soaring, Omdia's AI Processors Mergers & Acquisitions Tracker has revealed that AI chip deals remain low and that chip manufacturers are taking over as the major buyers.

The second edition of Omdia's six-monthly tracker monitors mergers and acquisitions activity involving a core group of major technology companies involved in AI infrastructure and silicon globally. Omdia primary research maintains a database starting in 1Q 2021.

Further Omdia analysis found that activity remains low compared to the boom durig 2021, with a shift from hyperscale to semiconductor companies as the main buyers. There was only one acquisition involving a hyperscaler in 2023, during 1Q, compared with 17 in the course of 2021. However, the most common deal is still a hyperscaler buying a software applications company. The market is gradually internationalizing, with the fraction involving companies entirely outside the US slightly increasing.  

Omdia's Principal Analyst for Advanced Computing, Alexander Harrowell said: "On a company basis, IBM is the biggest buyer and is maintaining a steady cadence of around one acquisition every quarter. In this edition, we observe that Big Blue's focus has shifted from services and specifically consulting companies to software, while Microsoft – once the biggest acquirer – has stopped entirely in 2023. Apple, which has been keeping its powder dry, has returned to the market with three bids in 2023, the first since 1Q 2022."

"So far, we're yet to see many exits among the AI hardware startups that were funded starting in 2018-2019, although they have struggled to make headway against the market leader, NVIDIA. The historic scale of VC funding during 2021 means many of them still have a substantial war chest, although once one goes, more might follow."


Omdia, part of Informa Tech, is a technology research and advisory group. Our deep knowledge of tech markets combined with our actionable insights empower organizations to make smart growth decisions.

Fasiha Khan: [email protected]


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