Acorn has been bought by investment bank Morgan Stanley Dean Witter, in a deal that will give Acorn shareholders two shares in ARM Holdings, the chip business co-founded by Acorn, for every five Acorn shares. The carve-up will see Acorn's Media DSP silicon business sold to a management team lead by Acorn chief executive Stan Boland for #1.5 million, while its set-top box business will go to Pace Micro Technology for #200,000.
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