Wednesday, October 26, 2011

PMC-Sierra to acquire RAD3

Calgary, Alberta, October 25, 2011 – RAD3 Communications Inc. (RAD3), a Calgary-based communications intellectual property (IP) company, today announced that it has signed a definitive agreement to be acquired by PMC-Sierra, the semiconductor innovator transforming storage, optical and mobile networks. The team will continue to operate out of its Calgary office.

“We’re excited for our Calgary-based team to be joining an international company of PMC’s caliber,” Roger Bertschmann, president of RAD3. “PMC’s integration and silicon expertise, combined with our leading-edge capability in the design and delivery of communications and storage IP, will enable us to drive industry-changing technologies that transform the network.”

“RAD3’s technologies and highly experienced team are a good fit with PMC,” said Brian Gerson, PMC fellow and vice president of Research and Development. “RAD3’s Forward Error Correction (FEC) and Digital Signal Processing (DSP) technologies will enhance PMC’s ability to offer innovative, high-performance solutions for storage, optical and mobile networks.”

The acquisition is expected to close in November 2011, subject to customary closing conditions.

About RAD3 Communications
RAD3 is a leading supplier of communications intellectual property (IP) for new and emerging wired and wireless communication standards. RAD3’s extensive library of IP solutions enables communication companies to rapidly design and build their products using a suite of industry proven IP. For more information, please visit RAD3’s web site: www.rad3comm.com.

About PMC

PMC (Nasdaq:PMCS) is the semiconductor innovator transforming networks that connect, move and store digital content. Building on a track record of technology leadership, we are driving innovation across storage, optical and mobile networks. Our highly integrated solutions increase performance and enable next-generation services to accelerate the network transformation. For more information, visit www.pmc-sierra.com.

LSI to acquire SandForce

MILPITAS, Calif., October 26, 2011 – LSI Corporation (NYSE: LSI) today announced that it has signed a definitive agreement to acquire SandForce, Inc., the leading provider of flash storage processors for enterprise and client flash solutions and solid state drives (SSDs). Under the agreement, LSI will pay approximately $322 million in cash, net of cash assumed, and assume approximately $48 million of unvested stock options and restricted shares held by SandForce employees.

SandForce’s award-winning products include flash storage processors at the heart of PCIe flash adapters and SSDs. Flash storage processors provide the intelligence required to deliver the performance and low-latency benefits of flash storage in enterprise and client applications. With market-proven, differentiated DuraClass™ technology, SandForce flash storage processors improve the reliability, endurance and power efficiency of flash-based storage solutions.

The acquisition greatly enhances LSI's competitive position in the fast-growing server and storage PCIe flash adapter market, where the WarpDrive™ family of products from LSI already uses SandForce flash storage processors. The complementary combination of LSI’s custom capability and SandForce’s standard product offering propels LSI into an industry-leading position in the rapidly growing, high-volume flash storage processor market space for ultrabook, notebook and enterprise SSD and flash solutions.

“Flash-based solutions are critical for accelerating application performance in servers, storage and client devices,” said Abhi Talwalkar, LSI president and chief executive officer. “Adding SandForce’s technology to LSI’s broad storage portfolio is consistent with our mission to accelerate storage and networking. The acquisition represents a significant, rapidly growing market opportunity for LSI over the next several years.”

Michael Raam, SandForce president and CEO, said, “The combination of SandForce and LSI allows us to deliver differentiated solutions in the PCIe flash adapter segment by tightly integrating flash memory and management. In addition, leveraging our flash storage processors with LSI’s comprehensive IP portfolio and leading-edge silicon design platforms will lead to innovative solutions.”

The transaction is expected to close early in the first quarter of 2012 subject to customary closing conditions and regulatory approvals. Upon closing, the SandForce team will become part of LSI’s newly formed Flash Components Division, with Raam as general manager.

LSI expects the acquisition to be neutral to non-GAAP* earnings per share in 2012. The company will provide further details during its conference call at 2 p.m. PDT today and discuss third quarter results and the fourth quarter 2011 business outlook.

Tuesday, October 18, 2011

Sidense Raises Additional $5.6M

OTTAWA--(Marketwire - Oct 17, 2011) - Sidense Corp., a leading developer of Logic Non-Volatile Memory (LNVM) one-time programmable (OTP) memory IP cores, announced today that it has raised an additional $5.6 million for its Round C financing from several sources, including one new source, Ontario Emerging Technologies Fund (OETF). Also participating in this round of funding are existing Venture Capital investors including Tech Capital Partners, VentureLink, and Vertex Venture Capital.

"Sidense continues to perform very well in the market and has proven, patented technology of which we are very proud," said Andrew Abouchar, Sidense's Chairman of the Board. "We stand behind the company and its products, management and values. We are here to make sure that the company continues to be funded well so that it can execute according to plan."

"We are delighted to have the support of a new investor, alongside our existing investors," said Xerxes Wania, CEO and President of Sidense. "With the current financing, we are in an extremely good position to introduce our next generation of products in advanced process nodes."

About Sidense Corp.
Sidense Corp. provides secure, very dense and reliable non-volatile, one-time programmable (OTP) memory IP for use in standard-logic CMOS processes with no additional masks or process steps required and no impact on product yield. The Company's innovative one-transistor 1T-Fuse™ architecture provides the industry's smallest footprint, most reliable and lowest power Logic Non-Volatile Memory (LNVM) IP solution. With over 70 patents granted or pending, Sidense OTP provides a field-programmable alternative solution to Flash, mask ROM and eFuse in many OTP and MTP applications.

Sidense SiPROM, SLP and ULP memory products, embedded in over 160 customer designs, are available from 180nm down to 40nm and are scalable to 28nm and below. The IP is offered at and has been adopted by all top-tier semiconductor foundries and selected IDMs. Customers are using Sidense OTP for analog trimming, code storage, encryption keys such as HDCP, WHDI, RFID and Chip ID, medical, automotive, and configurable processors and logic. For more information, please visit www.sidense.com.

About the Ontario Emerging Technologies Fund (OETF)
The Ontario Emerging Technologies Fund is a $250 million direct investment fund, established in 2009 by the Province of Ontario and managed by the Ontario Capital Growth Corporation (OCGC), to co-invest into innovative, high-growth, private Ontario companies. www.ontario.ca/ocgc