Chipmaker Broadcom in talks to buy VMware for up to $50bn

US chipmaker Broadcom is in talks to buy software group VMware, in a takeover that could generate a huge windfall for the technology company’s largest shareholder Michael Dell, according to people briefed about the matter.

A deal, which could be worth more than $50bn, would transform the deal-hungry semiconductor group into a diversified tech company ranging from chips to cloud computing services.

VMware has long been considered one of the cloud computing industry’s most important…

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