- Business-News 2011:
December 21 2011:
Linear Technology Corporation announced the acquisition of Dust
Networks, Inc., a provider of low power wireless sensor network (WSN) technology. The acquisition of Dust Networks, based in Hayward, CA, will enable Linear to offer a complete high performance wireless sensor networking solution. Dust Networks' low power radio and software technology complements Linear's strengths in industrial instrumentation, power management and energy harvesting technology.
December 14 2011:
Broadcom Corp. has decided to acquire Israeli networking and embedded processor developer Broadlight Ltd. for approximately $200 million. No details were available.
Established in 2000, Broadlight is a private company with headquarters in Herzliya, Israel, and with offices in Santa Clara, CA, China,Taiwan and Korea. The company's processors provide fiber grade quality of service delivery for central office and customer premise equipment.
December 09 2011:
Lattice Semiconductor Corporation announced it has entered into a definitive agreement to acquire SiliconBlue Technologies, a pioneer and leader in Custom Mobile Device™ solutions for the consumer handheld market. Utilizing a single chip, ultra-low power Field Programmable Gate Array (FPGA) fabric, SiliconBlue's mobileFPGA™ devices enable mobile designers to quickly add features to their mobile platform in areas such as connectivity, memory / storage, sensor management, and video / imaging. SiliconBlue's mobile FPGA devices have already shipped in the millions of units to top tier consumer OEM's.
Under terms of the agreement, Lattice Semiconductor will pay approximately $62 million in cash for SiliconBlue Technologies. The acquisition is subject to standard closing conditions, with a targeted close in the fourth quarter of 2011. Lattice Semiconductor ended the third quarter of 2011 with a cash, cash equivalents and short-term marketable securities balance of $267.2 million.
The mobile consumer market for PLD's includes digital cameras, smartphones, eReaders, tablets, notebooks and netbooks. Key market growth trends include the drive for longer battery life, more natural interfaces, increased functionality, lower cost and reduced weight.
November 08 2011:
Qualcomm Incorporated acquired substantially all of the technology and other assets of HaloIPT, a provider of wireless charging technology for electric road vehicles. All members of the HaloIPT team have joined Qualcomm's European Innovation Development group based in the UK.
October 14 2011:
Murata Manufacturing Co. Ltd. has agreed to buy VTI Technologies Oy (Vantaa, Finland) for about 20 billion yen (about 190 million euro or $260 million) in cash.
VTI is a manufacturer of silicon-based capacitive 3-D MEMS sensors for automotive and medical applications.
October 01 2011:
OKI Semiconductor, owned by the Rohm group, changed its name to Lapis Semiconductor Co. Ltd.
September 30 2011:
Vishay Intertechnology Inc. acquired the resistor businesses of Huntington Electric Inc. for about $19.6 million.
September 28 2011:
Atmel® Corporation announced that it has signed a definitive agreement to acquire Advanced Digital Design, S.A. (also known as ADD Semiconductor), a privately held company based in Zaragoza, Spain that develops power line communication solutions.
September 12 2011:
Broadcom Corporation and NetLogic Microsystems, Inc. announced they have entered into a definitive merger agreement. Under the agreement, NetLogic Microsystems shareholders will receive $50 per share in a transaction of approximately $3.7 billion, net of cash assumed.
The acquisition extends Broadcom's infrastructure portfolio with a number of critical new product lines and technologies, including knowledge-based processors, multi-core embedded processors, and digital front-end processors, each of which offers industry-leading performance and capabilities.
September 07 2011:
Qualcomm Incorporated and Integrated Device Technology, Inc. announced the signing of a definitive agreement to transfer the design team of IDT's Hollywood Quality Video™ (HQV™) and Frame Rate Conversion (FRC) Video Processing product lines and certain related assets to Qualcomm. In addition, under the terms of the agreement, both companies will explore opportunities to include IDT's broad portfolio of mixed-signal products into Qualcomm reference designs.
August 02 2011:
Samsung Electronics Co., Ltd. announced the acquisition of Grandis Inc. (based in Silicon Valley, California), a leader in spin transfer torque random access memory (STT-RAM).
Grandis will be merged into those Samsung's R&D operations that are focused on developing the next evolution of memory, where new semiconductor materials and structures are reviewed for their long-term commercial value. With its expertise in next-generation memory solutions and strong technical capabilities, Grandis will contribute to Samsung's continued development of cutting-edge memory semiconductor technologies and become a key part of the company's global R&D network, Samsung said.
July 26 2011:
Mindspeed Technologies, Inc. announced that it has acquired substantially all of the assets of privately held IPG Communications, Inc. of San Diego, CA.
IPG specialized in advanced signal processing technologies for wideband code division multiple access (W-CDMA) 3GPP standard release 8, which deliver cost and power advantages. In addition, IPG designed a dual-mode turbo decoder which combines W-CDMA and long-term evolution (LTE) standards, greatly reducing the memory and logic complexity for the system-on-chip (SoC) as compared with standard decoders.
July 07 2011:
Microsemi Corporation announced it has acquired privately-held ASIC Advantage, Inc.
ASIC Advantage is a fabless semiconductor company that designs and manufactures a broad portfolio of high-performance, high-voltage and radiation-hardened mixed-signal integrated circuit (IC) solutions for the aerospace, automotive, communications, industrial and medical markets.
July 06 2011:
HTC Corp., the handset vendor from Taiwan, agreed to purchase graphics chip vendor S3 Graphics Co. Ltd. for US$300 million from VIA Technologies Inc. and private investment firm WTI Investment International Ltd.
VIA acquired S3 Graphics in 2001. In 2005 WTI invested in S3 to help fund the operations and R&D initiatives.
HTC will pay VIA US$147 million and WTI US$153 million to acquire all outstanding shares of S3 Graphics.
June 13 2011:
austriamicrosystems AG, a designer and manufacturer of analog ICs for the consumer, communications, industrial, medical and automotive markets, has entered into an agreement with Texas Advanced Optoelectronic Solutions, Inc. [TAOS], headquartered in Plano, Texas (USA), to acquire 100% of the shares in TAOS. The transaction is expected to close within the next eight weeks subject to certain regulatory approvals and the occurrence of certain conditions defined in the agreements with the sellers of the TAOS shares.
TAOS is recognized globally as an established innovator in light sensing technology and is a worldwide supplier of light sensing solutions to the consumer electronics, computer, industrial, medical and automotive markets.
June 13 2011:
Analog Devices, Inc. announced that it has acquired Lyric Semiconductor, a privately-held Cambridge, Massachusetts, company. Comprising a talented team of circuit design and algorithm experts, Lyric Semiconductor has developed an innovative set of techniques that have the potential to achieve an order of magnitude improvement in power efficiency in mixed-signal processing and enable additional signal processing functionality in a broad set of applications.
Analog Devices completed the acquisition of Lyric Semiconductor on June 9, 2011.
June 09 2011:
Spreadtrum Communications, Inc. a fabless semiconductor provider in China with advanced technology in both 2G and 3G wireless communications standards, announced that it has acquired approximately 48.44% of the total outstanding shares of MobilePeak Holdings, Ltd., a privately held fabless semiconductor company based in Shanghai and San Diego that specializes in the design of highly integrated UMTS/HSPA+ modem chipsets.
Spreadtrum acquired approximately 48.44% of MobilePeak's total outstanding shares, and provided a short-term loan to MobilePeak for the repayment of MobilePeak's outstanding convertible bridge loans, for an aggregate cash consideration of approximately US$32.58 million. Spreadtrum intends to purchase all of MobilePeak's issued and outstanding shares, and expects to complete the acquisition in the third quarter of 2011. Thanks to MobilePeak's efficient operations, Spreadtrum expects the acquisition to have a minor impact on its earnings per share in Q2 and the remaining quarters in 2011, and Spreadtrum maintains its Q2 2011 guidance in terms of revenue, gross margin, and operating expenses as a percentage of revenue.
May 26 2011:
Skyworks Solutions, Inc. signed a definitive agreement to purchase Advanced Analogic Technologies Incorporated (also known as AnalogicTech or AATI), an analog semiconductor company focused on enabling energy-efficient devices for consumer electronics, computing and communications markets. This acquisition expands Skyworks' portfolio with highly complementary analog semiconductor products including battery chargers, DC/DC converters, voltage regulators and LED drivers.
May 19 2011:
Standard Microsystems Corp. said it acquired networked audio technology provider BridgeCo Inc. in a cash deal worth up to $67.5 million.
Under terms of the agreement SMSC paid $40 million in cash and will make additional payments of up to $27.5 million upon achievement of certain performance goals.
May 17 2011:
Skyworks Solutions, Inc. signed a definitive agreement to purchase SiGe Semiconductor, Inc.
Skyworks will pay $210 million in cash, plus an additional $65 million if certain performance targets are met over the next 12 months. The transaction has been approved by Skyworks' and SiGe's boards of directors and is anticipated to close in June, subject to customary closing conditions, including the receipt of domestic and foreign regulatory approvals. Excluding any non-recurring acquisition related charges and amortization of acquired intangibles, Skyworks expects the acquisition to be immediately accretive to non-GAAP earnings and will finalize estimates of the transaction's financial impact, as well as the accounting for the transaction, upon deal close.
May 09 2011:
NVidia announced that it has agreed to acquire Icera Semiconductor Inc., a designer of baseband processors for 3G and 4G cellular phones and tablets.
Icera has more than 550 patents granted or pending worldwide, and its high speed wireless-modem products have been approved by more than 50 carriers across the globe. By combining the companies' products and technologies, including NVIDIA's Tegra processor, NVIDIA will enhance its position as a leading player in the growing mobile market.
The acquisition, for $367 million in cash, has been approved by both companies' boards of directors and is expected to be completed, subject to customary closing conditions, in approximately 30 days.
April 26 2011:
M/A-COM Technology Solutions announced that it has acquired privately-held Optomai, Inc. Optomai is a fabless semiconductor company that develops high performance integrated
circuits and modules for next generation 40 Gbps and 100 Gbps fiber optic networks.
Based in Silicon Valley, California, Optomai's product portfolio and expertise in GaAs and InP circuit design complements M/A-COM Technology Solutions Tech's existing CATV/Broadcast and Point-to-Point/Infrastructure businesses, and accelerates its penetration of the rapidly
growing optical communications market.
Financial terms of the transaction were not disclosed.
April 14 2011:
Silicon Image, Inc. a designer in advanced, interoperable HD connectivity solutions for consumer electronics, announced the signing of a definitive agreement to acquire privately-held SiBEAM, Inc., a fabless semiconductor company headquartered in Sunnyvale, CA. SiBEAM is a provider of high-speed wireless communication products for uncompressed HD video in consumer electronics and personal computer applications, a founding member of the WirelessHD™ Consortium and an active member of the Wireless Gigabit Alliance (WiGig™).
The purchase price of the acquisition will be $25.5 million in cash and Silicon Image stock. The proposed transaction is expected to close in the second quarter of 2011. For 2011, the acquisition is anticipated to be dilutive to Silicon Image’s non-GAAP earnings by approximately $0.06 - $0.08 and neutral to earnings for 2012. The company intends to finalize its estimates of the transaction’s financial impact as well as the accounting for the transaction upon deal close.
April 14 2011:
Fairchild Semiconductor has acquired TranSiC, a silicon carbide (SiC) power transistor company.
The acquisition provides Fairchild with bipolar SiC transistor technology with demonstrated industry leading efficiencies and excellent performance over wide temperature ranges, and superior performance over MOSFET and JFET technology approaches. Fairchild also acquired a team of highly experienced SiC engineers and scientists and multiple patents in SiC technology.
April 12 2011:
Microsemi Corporation announced that it has signed a definitive agreement to acquire AML Communications, Inc. for $2.50 per share in an all-cash transaction. The total transaction value would be approximately $28 million, net of AML Communications' projected cash balance at closing. The transaction is subject to customary closing conditions, including the approval of AML Communications' shareholders, and is expected to close around the end of June, 2011.
AML Communications is a designer, manufacturer, and marketer of microelectronic assemblies for the defense industry. Its key customers include Raytheon, Lockheed Martin, Northrop Grumman, L-3 Communications, BAE, and others. The Company's extensive range of microwave products can be found in leading defense projects.
April 07 2011:
Gennum Corporation announced it has acquired Nanotech Semiconductor Limited, a fabless IC company specializing in advanced CMOS mixed-signal ICs for fiber optic communications. This acquisition, pursuant to which Gennum paid USD$34 million in cash and agreed to an earn-out as described below, further strengthens Gennum's growth strategy in the optical transceiver IC market by adding state-of-the-art CMOS products and technology for high volume applications such as Ethernet, PON, telecom and consumer optics.
Gennum acquired all of the outstanding shares of Nanotech at a purchase price of US$34 million plus an amount of up to US$6 million payable under an earn-out for the achievement by Nanotech of revenue targets over the next 12 months between US$10 million and US$14 million. Based on information provided by Nanotech, Gennum expects that the transaction will be accretive on a non-GAAP basis and approximately neutral to its GAAP earnings in the fiscal year ending November 30, 2011. Gennum expects the transaction to be accretive to its GAAP earnings in fiscal 2012.
April 04 2011:
Texas Instruments Incorporated (TI) and National Semiconductor have signed a definitive agreement under which TI will acquire National for $25 per share in an all-cash transaction of about $6.5 billion. The acquisition combines two industry leaders in analog semiconductors, each with unique strengths in delivering products to improve performance and efficiency and convert real-world signals in electronic systems. The boards of directors of both companies have unanimously approved the transaction.
Under terms of the agreement, National stockholders will receive $25 in cash for each share of National common stock they hold at the time of closing. TI expects to fund the transaction with a combination of existing cash balances and debt. The acquisition is subject to customary closing conditions, including review by U.S. and international regulators and approval by National's shareholders. The transaction is expected to close in six to nine months.
Upon close of the transaction, National becomes part of TI's analog segment. TI will continue National's manufacturing operations, located in Maine, Scotland and Malaysia. National's headquarters will remain in Santa Clara, California.
March 24 2011:
Finisar Corporation and Ignis ASA jointly announced that they have entered into a transaction agreement under which Finisar will make a recommended voluntary public cash offer to acquire all of the outstanding shares of Ignis not currently owned by Finisar.
Finisar also announced that, on March 21 and 22, 2011, Finisar acquired an aggregate of 18.3 million Ignis shares from certain existing Ignis shareholders. These purchases bring Finisar's total ownership to approximately 25.7 million shares (approximately 32.6% of the outstanding Ignis shares on a fully-diluted basis).
March 21 2011:
Broadcom Corporation, a designer in semiconductors for wired and wireless communications, announced that it has signed a definitive agreement to acquire Provigent, a privately-held provider of highly integrated, high performance, mixed signal semiconductors for microwave backhaul systems, with offices in Israel and Santa Clara, Calif.
In connection with the acquisition, Broadcom expects to pay approximately $313 million, net of cash assumed, to acquire all of the outstanding shares of capital stock and other equity rights of Provigent. The purchase price will be paid in cash, except that a portion attributable to certain unvested employee stock options will be paid in Broadcom restricted stock units. A portion of the cash consideration will be placed into escrow pursuant to the terms of the acquisition agreement. Broadcom expects the acquisition of Provigent to be neutral to earnings in 2011. The boards of directors of the two companies have approved the
merger. The transaction is expected to close in Broadcom's second quarter, 2011, and remains subject to the satisfaction of regulatory requirements and other customary closing conditions.
March 21 2011:
NetLogic Microsystems, Inc. a designer in high-performance intelligent semiconductor solutions for next-generation Internet networks, announced that it has signed a definitive agreement to acquire Optichron, Inc., a privately-held, fabless semiconductor provider of 3G/4G LTE base station digital front-end (DFE) processors, located in Fremont, Calif. Optichron's DFE technology enables unprecedented performance, signal bandwidth, spectrum maximization and power efficiency for next-generation LTE deployments requiring the highest data rates and lowest power consumption.
In connection with the acquisition, NetLogic Microsystems will pay the Optichron stockholders initial cash consideration of approximately $77 million upon the closing of the transaction. NetLogic Microsystems will assume approximately $22 million of restricted stock units for employees of Optichron who join NetLogic Microsystems following the close of the acquisition. In addition, NetLogic Microsystems will pay the Optichron stockholders an earn-out upon the attainment of performance milestones through 2012 for the acquired business. If the maximum earn-out is achieved, an additional cash consideration of approximately $108.5 million would be payable by March 31, 2013, and, an additional consideration of $12.5 million would be paid in shares of NetLogic Microsystems common stock (valued approximately at closing date value), issued only to several Optichron employees, subject to their continued employment after the acquisition. The acquisition has been approved by both companies’ board of directors, is expected to close in the second quarter of 2011 and remains subject to customary closing conditions.
March 17 2011:
MediaTek Inc. has finalized its merger agreement with Ralink Technology Corporation through a share swap of 1 share for 3.15 shares of Ralink, making MediaTek as the surviving entity. The transaction has been approved by the respective boards of directors of MediaTek and Ralink and is expected to take effect on October 1, 2011, pending shareholder approval and other regulatory reviews.
Ralink Technology Corporation is a developer in the wireless home networking and broadband access semiconductor markets.
Its patented OptiLink™ technology extends Wi-Fi applications from traditional PC networking to a range of digital multimedia and handheld devices including digital cameras, printers, digital televisions, Blu-ray players, set top boxes, video game consoles and broadband access gateways. Ralink Technology was founded in 2001 with headquarters in HsinChu, Taiwan, R&D centers in Cupertino, California and Suzhou, China, and sales offices in China, Europe, and Japan.
February 25 2011:
International Rectifier Corporation has signed a definitive agreement to acquire privately held CHiL Semiconductor Corporation (CHiL) for $75 million in cash, subject to working capital adjustments.
CHiL uses patented digital techniques in combination with mixed signal technology to deliver high performance multi-phase power solutions that save energy. The open architecture approach to digital control, where customers can tailor power systems for cost and performance goals, enables significant board space and bill-of-materials reduction, integrating many analog features into the digital core of the technology.
February 23 2011:
Investment firm Golden Gate Capital has agreed to purchase all of the outstanding shares of Conexant Systems Inc.'s common stock at a price of $2.40 per share in cash. The transaction is expected to close in the second quarter of calendar 2011. Conexant, which is public, will soon go private.
Conexant also announced that it has terminated its previously announced agreement with Standard Microsystems Corp. and paid to SMSC the $7.7 million termination fee provided for under that agreement.
February 21 2011:
Intel Corporation has acquired Silicon Hive BV, a licensor of customized parallel processing DSP accelerators for various multimedia applications.
The amount that Intel has agreed to pay has not been disclosed. Nor is it is clear whether Silicon Hive BV will be run as a separate division or will continue to support the extensive list of semiconductor chip makers to which it has licensed its technology.
Silicon Hive BV was a a spin off from the Philips Research Laboratories.
February 21 2011:
CSR PLC and Zoran Corporation have entered into a merger agreement under which Zoran will merge with CSR for an equity value equivalent to approximately US$679 million. Under the terms of the Merger Agreement, it is proposed that Zoran shareholders will receive 1.85 ordinary shares of CSR in the form of American Depositary Shares, for each share of Zoran common stock held. In addition, CSR announces that it intends to return up to US$240 million to shareholders via an on-market share buyback programme.
February 10 2011:
Dialog Semiconductor plc, a provider of highly integrated power management semiconductor solutions for portable devices including Smartphones and Tablet PCs, announced that it has completed a transaction to acquire SiTel Semiconductor B.V., a leader in short-range wireless, digital cordless and VoIP technology.
Under the terms of the transaction, Dialog paid an enterprise value of $86.5 million. The
transaction is expected to be accretive to both cash and IFRS EPS from Q3 2011. The acquisition has been funded using Dialog's existing cash reserves.
February 08 2011:
GigOptix, Inc., a supplier of electronic and electro-optic components that enable next generation 40G and 100G optical networks, announced that it has signed a definitive merger agreement to acquire Endwave Corporation, a provider of high frequency RF solutions and semiconductor products for the wireless mobile backhaul communications, satellite communications, electronic instruments and defense and security markets.
The combined company will retain the name GigOptix, Inc. to become a high speed, high frequency leader for optical and wireless communications. The acquisition is expected to close in the second quarter of this year.
February 05 2011:
Atmel Corporation, a designer, developer and manufacturer of semiconductor integrated circuit products, has acquired the business operations from MHS Electronics, a France-based developer and manufacturer of electronic components.
The deal was completed on January 31st 2011. No details available.
January 31 2011:
Cavium Networks, a provider of semiconductor products that enable intelligent processing for networking, communications and the digital home, announced that it is has signed a definitive agreement to acquire China-based privately held Celestial Semiconductor, a fabless semiconductor company headquartered in Beijing, China with centers in Shenzhen and Shanghai. Celestial a provider of ARM-based system-on-a-chip (SoC) processor solutions for a range of digital media applications.
The net purchase price of the acquisition will be approximately $55 million, to be paid in a combination of cash and stock. In addition, there is an earnout provision whereby the purchase price can increase by up to $10 million contingent on achieving certain revenue milestones during the following 12 months. The acquisition is expected to close by the end of the first quarter of 2011.
January 27 2011:
ON Semiconductor, a supplier of silicon solutions for energy efficient electronics, and Cypress Semiconductor Corp. announced that a definitive agreement has been signed for ON Semiconductor to acquire the CMOS Image Sensor Business Unit (ISBU) from Cypress in an all cash transaction for approximately $31.4 million. The transaction is expected to close by the end of the first quarter of 2011, subject to customary closing conditions.
January 26 2011:
Silicon Laboratories Inc. announced the acquisition of Silicon Valley-based SpectraLinear, a late-stage private company offering integrated timing solutions. Silicon Labs acquired the SpectraLinear team and a complementary portfolio of programmable clock ICs for approximately $40 million.
January 24 2011:
Integrated Silicon Solution, Inc. announced that it has signed a definitive agreement to acquire Si En Integration Holdings Limited (Si En), a privately held fabless provider of high performance analog and mixed signal integrated circuits headquartered in Xiamen, China. Si En targets the mobile communications, digital consumer, networking, and automotive markets with high quality analog products. For the year ended December 31, 2010, Si En had revenue of $22.2 million, gross margin of 42.5 percent, and operating income of $5.2 million. The purchase price will be approximately $20 million in cash, based on estimated working capital and net of cash acquired. The transaction is subject to customary closing conditions and is expected to be completed in the current quarter. ISSI expects the acquisition to be immediately accretive to earnings per share.
January 24 2011:
Rambus Inc. announced it has acquired the lighting and display portfolio of patents and technology from privately held Imagine Designs Inc. The patented innovations include technology for general lighting, LCD backlighting, and microelectromechanical system (MEMS) displays, expanding the breadth of products in these applications that can be addressed by Rambus. In addition, Imagine Designs’ founder and principal inventor Brian Richardson will join Rambus as a technical director in the Lighting and Display Technology business.
January 19 2011:
Samsung Electronics Co. Ltd. annonces it has acquired display technology firm Liquavista BV for an undisclosed price.
Based in Eindhoven, the Netherlands, Liquavista was founded in 2006 as a spin-out from Philips Research Labs. It offers a new type of electronic display technology known as electrowetting.
January 10 2011:
SMSC (Standard Microsystems Corporation), a semiconductor company providing Smart Mixed-Signal Connectivity solutions, and Conexant Systems, Inc., a supplier of innovative semiconductor solutions for imaging, audio, embedded modem, and video surveillance applications, announced the signing of a definitive agreement under which SMSC will purchase all of the outstanding shares of Conexant in a stock and cash transaction valued at approximately $284 million including the assumption of Conexant's net debt. The transaction has been approved by the boards of directors of both companies.
Conexant's portfolio of semiconductor solutions includes products for imaging, audio, embedded modem, and video surveillance applications. Conexant is a fabless semiconductor company headquartered in Newport Beach, Calif.
Update (February 23 2011): Conexant announced that it has terminated its previously announced agreement with Standard Microsystems Corp. and paid to SMSC the US$7.7 million termination fee provided for under that agreement.
January 05 2011:
Qualcomm Incorporated and Atheros Communications, Inc. announced that they have entered into a definitive agreement whereby Qualcomm intends to acquire Atheros, a leader in innovative technologies for wireless and wired local area connectivity in the computing, networking and consumer electronics industries.
Qualcomm has entered into a definitive agreement to purchase Atheros for $45 per share in cash, representing an enterprise value of $3.1 billion. The transaction has been approved by the Qualcomm and Atheros boards of directors and is subject to customary closing conditions, including the receipt of domestic and foreign regulatory approvals and the approval of Atheros’ stockholders. The transaction is expected to close in the first half of 2011.
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