Qualcomm Inc.’s bid to acquire NXP Semiconductors NV faces an in-depth probe by the European Union on concerns the deal could lead to higher prices, less choice and reduced innovation in the semiconductor industry. The upcoming mid range A1222 is based on a NXP Freescale QorIQ P1022 32-bit e500v2 dual-core PowerPC processor. The $39bn acquisition of Dutch chip company NXP is central to Qualcomm’s strategy to expand its Internet of Things and connected car activities, getting to scale more quickly than it could through in-house developments alone. Qualcomm will also have to convince the Chinese competition authority, MOFCOM, to clear the NXP deal without significant conditions or delays. China may aim to force Qualcomm to divest certain key technologies or businesses  in order to strengthen the national policy of building a homegrown semiconductor industry.

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