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Semiconductor maker Analog Devices Inc said on Monday it would buy rival Maxim Integrated Products Inc for about $21 billion in the largest U.S. deal this year, aiming to boost its market share in automotive and 5G chipmaking.

The deal, which is also Analog’s biggest, will create a chipmaking force with a combined enterprise value of about $68 billion that will compete with larger rivals including Texas Instruments.

Analog Devices Chief Executive Vincent Roche told Reuters in an interview that the combined engineering teams would help the resulting company design more specialized, higher-margin chips for customers such as automakers.

“If you’re doing commodities, you’re at the mercy of the of the heavy hammer of the procurement folks,” Roche said. “But our game is about getting there first, getting out on the edge and making a real impact at the application level for our customers.”

The companies said the deal added Maxim’s strength in automotive and data center markets to ADI’s broad industrial, communications and digital healthcare segments.

Based in Norwood, Massachusetts, Analog Devices provides sensors, data converters, amplifiers and other signal processing products to a range of industries from transportation and healthcare to instrumentation and portable consumer devices.

San Jose, California-based Maxim designs and manufactures analog chips that are used in cars, manufacturing, energy, communications, healthcare and connected devices.

Reuters had reported on Sunday night that Analog Devices was in advanced talks to acquire Maxim.

The offer values Maxim at $78.43 per share, a premium of about 22 per cent to its Friday close and Maxim shares were up 11 per cent at $71.21 in mid-day trading. Analog shares were down 4 per cent at $119.37.

Under the terms, Maxim stockholders will receive 0.630 of Analog stock for each share they own, the companies said in a statement.

The deal is expected to add to adjusted earnings of the combined entity in about 18 months following the close, with $275 million in cost savings by the end of year two, they said.

Two Maxim directors, including Chief Executive Officer Tunç Doluca, will join Analog Devices’ board.

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