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Chipmakers look to car sector for demand, deals and disruption

Renesas looks set to be displaced as the world's top car chipmaker, as NXP is expected to close its US$11.8 billion deal to buy Freescale.


FALTERING demand in computer and phone markets, once semiconductor industry mainstays, has fuelled a year-long merger wave as firms look to formerly unloved areas like car electronics for sales growth.

Big consumer chipmakers who once considered automotive electronics too...