Fri, Apr. 24, 9:51 AM
- Silicon Motion (NASDAQ:SIMO) is buying Shannon Systems, a Chinese provider of PCIe flash modules/SSDs and storage arrays, for $57.5M in cash, stock, and earn-out payments. The deal is expected to close by the end of July.
- The purchase represents an attempt to move downmarket by SIMO, currently a major NAND flash controller supplier for SSDs and embedded flash modules. The deal could occasionally put the company into competition with some of its NAND controller clients. However, Shannon's sales efforts have been focused specifically on the Chinese market.
- SIMO asserts Shannon's customers include leading Chinese Internet companies, and notes it was co-founded by Marvell's SSD controller architect. The company is expected to grow sales to $14M-$18M in 2015; SIMO expects the acquisition to be slightly accretive in 2H15 EPS and "more accretive" in 2016.
- Shares have sold off following the announcement, which comes ahead of SIMO's April 27 Q1 report.
Mon, Mar. 2, 1:41 PM
- The Philadelphia Semi Index (SOXX +2.4%) has rallied to new highs after NXP announced it's buying microcontroller, network processor, and RF amplifier supplier Freescale for $16.7B after factoring net cash/debt, the biggest deal yet in the chip industry's ongoing consolidation wave. The Nasdaq is up 0.5%.
- Microcontroller makers are among today's big gainers - NXP/Freescale assert they'll be the world's biggest supplier of general-purpose microcontrollers. Standouts include Atmel (ATML +6%) and STMicroelectronics (STM +3.4%), as well as Cypress (CY +3.1%) and merger partner Spansion (CODE +3.2%).
- Other notable gainers include InvenSense (INVN +3.4%), Ambarella (AMBA +6.3%), Audience (ADNC +5.5%), Cirrus Logic (CRUS +3.7%), Cavium (CAVM +4.2%), ON Semi (ONNN +3.5%), Silicon Motion (SIMO +3.5%), InPhi (IPHI +3.8%), and TowerJazz (TSEM +5.5%).
- With the Mobile World Congress as a backdrop, InvenSense has unveiled a 6-axis SoC that pairs a gyroscope and acceleromoter with a motion processor and related software/algorithms; the company claims 25%-50% better power consumption than rival solutions. It has also launched a software library meant to "provide sensor-assisted positioning in places where GNSS alone cannot provide desired accuracy."
- Cavium has announced its OCTEON Fusion-M processor line for mobile base stations. The chips support up to 16 custom CPU cores running at 2GHz., and are declared by Cavium to enable "Smart Radio Heads" that can adapt to network conditions. They begin sampling in Q3.
- Chip ETFs: SMH, XSD, PSI, SOXL, USD, SOXS, SSG
- Previously: Chip product launches: ARMH, EZCH, BRCM, NXPI, XLNX, IDTI
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