Qualcomm trumps Microchip with $2.5 billion deal for Britain's CSR

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Posted: Oct 15, 2014 2:36 AM

LONDON (Reuters) - Qualcomm Inc <QCOM.O> has agreed to buy chip maker CSR Plc <CSR.L> for $2.5 billion, pushing out its rival Microchip Technology <MCHP.O> to win the British bluetooth specialist.

CSR said on Wednesday its shareholders would receive 900 pence a share in cash under the terms of the deal.

The British company in August rebuffed an approach from Microchip, saying the undisclosed price on offer was not enough. The two sides had been in talks over the deal however, with a deadline imposed by British regulators for Wednesday.

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(Reporting by Paul Sandle; editing by Kate Holton)