Ten deals that shaped analog, MEMS and sensors in 2014

December 22, 2014 // By Peter Clarke
The company merger and acquisition trend that characterized 2013 was still present in 2014 but was, perhaps, slightly less frenzied.

Nonetheless it is easy to find ten major deals that changed the shape of the analog, MEMS and sensor business. However, the largest deals were at the RF and microwave end of the spectrum.

 

1) Qualcomm grabs CSR plc

 

In October it was announced that Qualcomm Inc. had agreed to buy fabless chip company CSR plc (Cambridge, England) for about $2.5 billion. This complemented an announcement in July 2014 when CSR said it would be selling its imaging operations based in Israel, to Qualcomm for $44 million. Qualcomm snaps up CSR's imaging team

 

2) ADI acquires Hittite Microwave Corp.

 

In July Analog Devices Inc. closed a $2 billion deal to acquire Hittite Microwave Corp. Mike Britchfield, vice president of European, Middle-east and Africa sales at Analog Devices, explained some of thinking behind the deal here. ADI swallows Hittite, gains acquisition skill

 

 

3) Murata acquires Peregrine

 

Peregrine pioneered use of CMOS silicon-on-insulator techniques for radio frequency functions under its UltraCMOS brand. It demonstrated the use of CMOS SOI for several functions that had previously required compound semiconductors, these indluded switches, filters and amplifiers, which it combined into Global 1, an integrated front-end for mobile handsets spanning all frequency bands used worldwide. Murata acquired them for $471 million. Murata to acquire Peregrine Semiconductor

 

4) On Semi snaps up Aptina Imaging

 

Back in June On Semiconductor Corp. (Phoenix, Ariz.) agreed a deal to buy fabless CMOS image sensor company Aptina Imaging Corp. (San Jose, Calif.) for $400 million in cash. On Semi to buy Aptina for $400 million

 

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