September 10, 2015 / 9:54 AM / 2 years ago

EU regulators to rule on $16.7 billion Intel, Altera deal by October 14

A man looks at a smartphone at the Intel booth during the 2015 Computex exhibition at the TWTC Nangang exhibition hall in Taipei, Taiwan, June 2, 2015. REUTERS/Pichi Chuang

BRUSSELS (Reuters) - European Union antitrust regulators will decide by Oct. 14 whether to clear U.S. chipmaker Intel’s $16.7 billion bid for Altera Corp, its largest ever deal.

World No. 1 chipmaker Intel filed for approval on Wednesday, the European Commission website showed.

The EU competition authority can either clear the deal with or without conditions in a preliminary review or open a full-scale investigation if it has deeper concerns.

While analysts do not see any overlapping products between the companies which could trigger an extensive probe, reaction from some investors on the day the deal was announced suggested worries about regulatory hurdles.

The deal will strengthen Intel’s portfolio of higher-margin chips used in data centers and its involvement in the so-called Internet of Things where more and more household devices are linked to the Internet.

Reporting by Foo Yun Chee; editing by Philip Blenkinsop

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