FRANKFURT (Reuters) – Dialog Semiconductor (DLGS.DE) is in early talks to merge with U.S. touch-pad expertise firm Synaptics Inc (SYNA.O), Bloomberg reported on Friday, citing individuals acquainted with the matter.

FILE PHOTO: The Dialog Semiconductor brand on a flag in Germering close to Munich, Germany, August 15, 2016. REUTERS/Michaela Rehle/File Picture

Dialog has a market worth of about 1.15 billion euros ($1.four billion) whereas Synaptics, the shares of which jumped as a lot as 15 p.c after the report, is valued at $1.6 billion.

Dialog and Synaptics declined to touch upon the report.

    Any deal might make Dialog much less depending on orders from Apple (AAPL.O). Analysts estimate that Dialog derives greater than half its income from supplying Apple with energy administration chips.

    The corporate’s inventory has misplaced practically 20 p.c of its worth to this point this month after is claimed that Apple had lower orders for chips for its new iPhone fashions.

    Reporting by Maria Sheahan; Extra reporting by Sonam Rai; Enhancing by David Goodman