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Dutch government scrutinizes Nowi takeover by Nexperia

Paul van Gerven
Leestijd: 2 minuten

Dutch Economic Affairs minister Micky Adriaansens is following through on a previously announced investigation of Nexperia’s acquisition of Nowi. A new law to prevent foreign takeovers on national security grounds comes into effect today. “With sensitive technologies like photonics, quantum, radar technology, sensor technology and chips, there’s a risk that they may be used for military purposes,” Adriaansens told Bloomberg.

Nexperia’s owner, Chinese semiconductor and consumer electronics company Wingtech, is listed on the Shanghai Stock Exchange. Investment funds linked to Chinese regional authorities currently have a stake of slightly less than twenty percent. Based on the link to China, the UK government decided to reverse the acquisition of a wafer fab in Wales, a decision that Nexperia is currently appealing. The Nijmegen-headquartered chipmaker maintains it operates fully independently. It recently expressed its disapproval to Bits&Chips of not being treated as such.

Nowi’s acquisition by Nexperia was announced in November last year. The Delft-based startup develops a power management integrated chip (PMIC) that draws energy from ambient sources like light, vibrations, radio waves or temperature gradients to energize low-power applications like smart wearables, remote controls and wireless sensor nodes. Nexperia denies the energy-harvesting technology presents any national security risks, but Adriaansens apparently isn’t so sure.

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