Wednesday, August 19, 2009

Bosch to acquire Akustica, Inc.

Robert Bosch North America agreed today to acquire Akustica, Inc., an innovator in the application of CMOS (complementary metal oxide semiconductor) MEMS (micro electro-mechanical systems) technology in the consumer electronics market. Terms of the agreement will not be disclosed.

Akustica, which was founded in 2001, is based in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania. The company develops and sells a complete portfolio of digital and analog micro electromechanical microphones featuring CMOS MEMS technology. This innovative technology allows the integration of transducer elements and associated integrated circuits on a single Silicon chip. Bosch is the world leader in MEMS sensors and, with this acquisition, further strengthens its position in this market.

“The strategic acquisition of Akustica with their outstanding application of sophisticated MEMS technology complements our growing semiconductor business and ideally complements our ongoing MEMS activities” said Dr. Stefan Kampmann, executive vice president, Bosch Automotive Electronics. “We look forward to working together with the Akustica team to continue to develop this important business area.”

To date Akustica, which developed and sold the world’s first digital MEMS microphone, has sold over 5 million microphones in the global market. All of the company’s 36 associates will be employed by Bosch.

Tuesday, August 18, 2009

Key ASIC Acquires Gateway Silicon, Inc

SANTA CLARA, Calif. & KUALA LUMPUR, Malaysia--(BUSINESS WIRE)--Key ASIC Berhad announces that it has signed a definitive agreement with the shareholders of Gateway Silicon, Inc. (GSI) to acquire up to 100% of the company in a cash transaction. GSI is a subsidiary of Macronix International, Co. Ltd. a semiconductor IDM headquartered in Taiwan. Macronix ended calendar year 2008 with revenues of NT$23.28B or approximately $710M.

Gateway Silicon, Inc. is a professional IC design service company founded in August 2006 in Hsin Chu Science Park, Taiwan. GSI focuses in research and development of analog and digital IP for consumer ICs. GSI has developed a significant portfolio of analog and memory IP focused in the graphics and video applications. GSI provides SOC implementation and IC turnkey design services. Through GSI’s proprietary platform solutions, competitive cost structure, and integrated turnkey services, customers benefit from high quality IC products developed and delivered on schedule to meet the customer’s time-to-market requirements. GSI has offices in Japan and Taiwan.

Monday, August 17, 2009

Analogix Semiconductor Closes $10 Million Series B-3 Funding

SANTA CLARA, Calif.--(BUSINESS WIRE)--Analogix Semiconductor, Inc., a world leader in high performance digital multimedia interface solutions, today announced that it has closed a $10 million Series B-3 venture capital funding round. The round was led by China-focused venture capital group Keytone Ventures. Major existing Analogix Semiconductor investors, including Woodside Fund, DCM, Globespan Capital Partners, and JAIC, participated.

With offices in Santa Clara, Shenzen, Beijing, Taipei, and Tokyo, Analogix Semiconductor has made a name for itself in the development of semiconductors for the digital multimedia market. “Ever since Analogix Semiconductor was founded in 2002, this company has developed innovative products in the market for high-performance semiconductors for digital multimedia,” says Dr. Kewei Yang, Chairman and CEO of Analogix Semiconductor. Analogix Semiconductor was the first company to deliver DisplayPort technology and the first to market HDMI receivers and transmitters with a reach of 25 meters over low-cost cable. It was also the first company to introduce a discrete DisplayPort 1.1a transmitter certified by the Video Electronics Standards Association (VESA).

Abilis Acquires Two Product Lines From Freescale Semiconductor

GENEVA, August 17 /PRNewswire-FirstCall/ -- Abilis Systems, a Kudelski Group company, (SWX:KUD) and a pioneer RF semiconductor company, announces the acquisition of Freescale Semiconductor CMOS Modulators and Silicon Tuner product lines. The acquisition of these assets will allow Abilis to expand its broad portfolio of leading, silicon- based digital TV (DTV) and tuner solutions and better address the needs of the growing digital TV market, and in particular of Digital Terrestrial (DTT) and cable platforms. It will enable Abilis to support the growth of Pay-TV operators by combining its innovative cutting-edge technology with well- established and proven technology and knowledge from one of the most relevant global chip manufacturers. Furthermore, this extension of product portfolio and related skills and competences will further enhance its expertise in this area with the integration within Abilis of the dedicated team from Freescale.

Abilis will begin selling these products under the Abilis brand effective October 1, 2009. Key members of the Freescale Digital Home Operations (DHO) team who support these products have transitioned to the Abilis Chandler, Arizona-based product team. Freescale and Abilis Systems are jointly committed to ensure a smooth and seamless transition for the current client base. Abilis is securing a high quality of service and the sustainability and timeliness of product delivery.

The acquired portfolio of innovative, high-performance CMOS modulators and silicon tuners are targeting the rapidly expanding DTV market, where Freescale is currently the world-leader supplier of modulators. These products include a family of CMOS modulator chips as well as high performance silicon tuners that are increasingly being integrated in favor of bulky, can-type tuners in DTV applications. The performance, low cost and versatility of these devices has given Freescale broad market acceptance in the HDTV market.

Thursday, August 6, 2009

SMSC invests in Symwave

HAUPPAUGE, NY and LAGUNA NIGUEL, CA., – August 6, 2009 - SMSC (NASDAQ: SMSC), a leading semiconductor provider of Smart Mixed-Signal Connectivity™ solutions, and Symwave, Inc., a leading silicon supplier of system solutions for SuperSpeed USB devices, announced today a strategic relationship with the objective to accelerate delivery of superior end-to-end USB 3.0 solutions into high volume mobile, consumer and computing segments. Under the agreement, SMSC has made an initial cash investment of $4 million in Symwave, and SMSC’s President and Chief Executive Officer, Christine King, will join Symwave’s Board of Directors. As part of the relationship, SMSC has committed to an additional $1.3 million investment if required by Symwave and has obtained the right to acquire Symwave under certain conditions.

Tuesday, August 4, 2009

Intersil to acquire Quellan

MILPITAS, CA--(Marketwire - August 4, 2009) - Intersil Corporation (NASDAQ: ISIL), a world leader in the design and manufacture of high-performance analog and mixed signal semiconductors, today announced that it has signed a definitive agreement to acquire Quellan, Inc., a privately held leader in the design of high performance analog signal processing integrated circuits (ICs). Quellan's innovative Q:ACTIVE® technology delivers unmatched signal integrity for improved system throughput and density with dramatically reduced power consumption.

Quellan, a Santa Clara, California company founded in 2000, utilizes a proprietary Collaborative Signal Processing (CSP) architecture to apply adaptive noise cancellation and equalization within the analog domain. This unique approach enables Quellan's ICs to address signal loss, dispersion, skew and noise in high-speed signal processing applications. Quellan's Q:ACTIVE technology will provide improved performance, smaller footprint and lower power solutions for communications and networking infrastructure, high-performance computing, storage and consumer electronics applications.

The boards of directors of both companies have unanimously approved the merger. Intersil expects the acquisition will have an immaterial impact on revenue or earnings for the third quarter 2009 results.