Regulators fear a merger could result in higher prices.
EU antitrust regulators have halted for a second time their review of U.S. smartphone chipmaker Qualcomm’s $38-billion bid for NXP Semiconductors after the companies failed to provide key details of the deal.
The European Commission paused its investigation on Aug. 17, a filing on its website showed. It had previously set a Dec. 6 deadline for its decision.
“Once the missing information is supplied by the parties, the clock is re-started and the deadline for the Commission’s decision is then adjusted accordingly,” EU competition regulators said in an email.
The Commission is investigating concerns that the deal may raise prices and reduce innovation in the semiconductor industry.
It is set to become the leading supplier to the fast growing automotive chip market following the deal, the largest ever in the semiconductor industry.