China gives conditional approval to Broadcom/Brocade deal

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BEIJING (Reuters) – China’s commerce ministry has conditionally approved chipmaker Broadcom Ltd’s acquisition of Brocade Communications Systems, it said on Wednesday.

The commerce ministry ordered the company to take steps to abide by China’s market trading conditions, according to a statement posted on its website.

The $5.5 billion deal, which already has won approval in the U.S., Europe and Japan, is the latest in the chip industry as companies bulk up in response to growing demand for chips in connected devices and cars.

Singapore-based Broadcom, formerly Avago Technologies, is known for its connectivity chips used in products ranging from mobiles to servers, while California-based Brocade makes networking switches, software and storage products.

(Reporting by Beijing Monitoring Desk)

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