(Reuters) - Xilinx Inc (XLNX.O) has hired Barclays to advise on a bid to buy Mellanox Technologies Ltd (MLNX.O) after approaching the smaller chipmaker with an offer, CNBC reported on Wednesday, citing people familiar with the matter.
A deal is not imminent and may not come together but if a transaction does happen, it is expected to be announced in December, the report said.
According to the report, the deal could value Mellanox at more than $100 per share.
Up to Tuesday's close, Mellanox had a market capitalization of $4.74 billion (3.61 billion pounds).
Shares of Mellanox rose 4.5 percent to $92.55, while Xilinx was down 1.2 percent at $84.92.
Xilinx did not respond to a request for comment, while Mellanox declined to comment.
(Reporting by Akanksha Rana in Bengaluru; Editing by Maju Samuel)