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Monday, August 18, 2014

Aptina Imaging Acquisition By ON Semiconductor Completes

San Jose-based Aptina Imaging is now part of On Semiconductor, as the $400M cash deal for the company completed, ON Semiconductor said this morning. The acquisition had been announced on June 10th. Aptina becomes part of a new, reporting se...

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Monday, July 7, 2014

Atmel Acquires Newport Media

San Jose-based chipmaker Atmel said this morning that it has acquired Newport Media, a developer of low power, Wi-Fi and Bluetooth semiconductors. Atmel said it would pay $140M in cash plus up to $30M in earnout for Newport Media. Newport M...

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Thursday, June 26, 2014

mCube Gets $37M For MEMS Motion Sensors

San Jose-based mCube, a developer of extremely small, MEMS-based motion sensors, said this week that it has raised $37M in a Series C funding. The funding came from Kleiner Perkins Caufield & Byers, MediaTek, iD Ventures America, and DAG Ve...

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Tuesday, June 10, 2014

Aptina Imaging Acquired By ON Semiconductor For $400M

San Jose-based Aptina Imaging, a developer of CMOS-based image sensors, has been acquired by ON Semiconductor, in a deal worth $400M in cash. ON Semiconductor says it will use the acquisition to help bolster its business in the industrial a...

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Thursday, June 5, 2014

Cambrios Adds $10M From Samsung

Sunnvyale-based Cambrios, a developer of silver nanowire technology used in touch panel displays, OLED lighting tiles, and solar cells, has raised $10M more in a strategic funding, the company said this week. The funding came from Samsung ...

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Tuesday, May 27, 2014

Twist Bioscience Gets $26M

San Francisco-based Twist Bioscience has raised $26M in a Series B financing, the company announced today, to go towards its semiconductor-based, synthetic DNA manufacturing technology. The funding was led by Nick and Joby Pritzker, through...

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Monday, April 28, 2014

Exar Buys Integrated Memory Logic Limited

Fremont-based analog and mixed signal semiconductor maker Exar Corporation announced this morning that it has acquired Integrated Memory Logic Limited (iML), a developer of analog and mixed signal semiconductors for the flat panel display m...

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Tuesday, April 22, 2014

InVisage Sees $18M For Camera Sensors

Menlo Park-based InVisage, a developer of ultra-small, CMOS-based camera sensors, said today that it has raised $18M in a new round of funding, bringing its total raised to more than $100M. The semiconductor developer said the funding came ...

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Monday, March 31, 2014

Crossbar Nabs $25M For 3D RAM Chip Technology

Santa Clara-based Crossbar, which is developing 3D RAM technology, has raised $25M in a Series C funding round, the company said this morning. The funding came from Artiman Ventures, Kleiner Perkins Caufield & Byers, Northern Light Venture ...

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Tuesday, March 18, 2014

Aquantia Connects With $16M For Gigabit Ethernet Chips

Milpitas-based Aquantia, which develops physical layer ICs used for high speed Ethernet networks, said today that it has raised $16M in a Series G financing round. The round was led by FPGA maker Xilinx, and also included existing investors...

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Wednesday, March 12, 2014

Quantenna Gets Strategic Funding

Fremont-based wireless chipmaker Quantenna said this morning that it has received a strategic investment, from wireles provider Vivint Wireless. Financial terms of the investment were not announced. Quantenna said that Vivint Wireless--a un...

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Tuesday, March 4, 2014

Touchstone Semiconductor Acquired By Silicon Labs

Milpitas-based Touchstone Semiconductor, a developer of low power analog IC products, has been acquired by Silicon Labs. The deal was an asset purchase, and was worth $1.5M. Silicon Labs, which makes analog and mixed signal ICs, said it wil...

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Monday, February 24, 2014

Intel Backs Newlans In $15M Funding

Intel Capital, the venture arm of chip giant Intel, is the lead backer of an investment in RF, front end semiconductor developer Newlans, the two said today. Newlans said it raised $15M in its Series B round, which was led by Intel Capital ...

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Friday, February 21, 2014

Synopsys Buys Coverity For $350M

Mountain View-based semiconductor design software firm Synopsys said this week that it has acquired Coverity, the San Francisco-developer of software quality, testing, defect management, and other tools, in a deal worth $375M, or $350M net ...

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Friday, February 14, 2014

Cadence Buys Assets From TransSwitch

San Jose-based semiconductor design sofware developer Cadence Design Systems said this week that it has acquired the high speed, interface IP assets of TransSwitch, a developer of products for the HDMI, DisplayPort, MHL and Ethernet BaseT m...

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Monday, February 10, 2014

Powervation Gains $5.5M For DC-DC Power ICs

San Jose- and Cork, Ireland-based Powervation, a developer of DC-DC power supply control ICs, has raised $5.5M in a Series C1 round. The funding came from SEP, Intel Capital, VentureTech Alliance, Braemar Energy Ventures, and Semtech Corpor...

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Tuesday, January 14, 2014

Stretch Acquired By Exar

Sunnyvale-based Stretch, a startup developing software configurable processors for the video surveillance market, has been acquired by Exar, the companies said this morning. Financial terms of the buy were not disclosed. Stretch was venture...

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Tuesday, January 14, 2014

SuVolta Raises $10.6M

Los Gatos-based SuVolta, a developer of CMOS-based, power saving technology for the semiconductor industry, said today that it has raised $10.6M in a funding round. The round came from Fujitsu Semiconductor, Kleiner Perkins Caufield & Byers...

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Tuesday, November 5, 2013

SiTime Raises New Funding For MEMS Timing Chips

Sunnvyale-based timing semiconductor developer SiTime, whose chips are replacing expensive, quartz-based timing circuits with MEMS-based technology, has raised new funding, the company said Monday. SiTime said the new funding came from Inno...

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Wednesday, October 23, 2013

Intel Capital Invests $65M In Sixteen Companies

Intel Capital, the venture investment arm of chip giant Intel, reported yesterday that it has invested $65 million across sixteen companies, across nine countries. The investments included CloudFX (Singapore); Cloudian (Japan/USA); CSDN (Ch...

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Tuesday, September 24, 2013

Applied Materials Merging With Tokyo Electron In $9.39 Billion Deal

Santa Clara-based semiconductor firm Applied Materials and Tokyo Electron said last night that they are in a $9.39 billion deal to combine. The two, publicly held firm said the deal with give it a combined company valued at $29 billion. Bot...

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Wednesday, September 4, 2013

Silicor Materials Gets $6M

San Jose-based solar silicon manufacturer Silicor Materials said today that it has raised a round of funding worth $6M, and has hired an investment banker for a new capital raise. Silcor Material said the funding came from Hudson Clean Ener...

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Tuesday, August 27, 2013

Pelican Imaging Gets New Investment From Panasonic

Mountain View-based mobile camera technology developer Pelican Imaging said this morning that it has added an investment from Panasonic, as part of its Series C funding. Size of the new investment was not disclosed. Pelican Imaging had anno...

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Friday, August 16, 2013

Nanolab Buys FIB Lab

Milpitas-based Nanolab Technologies has acquired FIB Lab, a developer of semiconductor failure analysis technology. Financial terms of the buy were not disclosed. Nanolab said it will acquire all of the equipment assets of FIB Lab, and also...

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Thursday, August 15, 2013

Maxim Buys Volterra For $605M

San Jose-based Maxim Integrated Products has acquired Volterra Semiconductor Corp., in a deal worth $605M in equity value. Maxim said this morning that it will pay $23 per share for publicly held Volterra, a premium of 55 percent over Volte...

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Monday, July 1, 2013

Scifiniti Finds $10M For Photovoltaic Silicon Wafers

San Jose-based Scifiniti has raised $10M in a Series B funding, to go towards its ultra low-cost, silicon wafers for the photovoltaic industry. The firm said the funding came from Alloy Ventures, Firelake Capital, I2BF Global Ventures and P...

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Wednesday, June 26, 2013

GainSpan Adds $19M In Series D

San Jose-based Wi-fi technology provider GainSpan said this morning that it has raised $19M in funding, as part of a Series D funding. The funding came from Zebra Technologies Corporation and Oplink Communications, along with Opus Capital, ...

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Thursday, May 30, 2013

Element Six Buys Group4 Labs

Santa Clara-based Element Six, a manufacturer of synthetic diamonds used for the semiconductor industry, said yesterday that it has acquired the assets and intellectual property of Group4 Labs. Group4 Labs is a developer of semiconductor w...

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Tuesday, April 30, 2013

Spansion Buys Microcontroller, Analog Units From Fujitsu

Sunnyvale-based flash memory manufacturer Spansion announced today that it has acquired the microcontroller and analog business units of Fujitsu Semiconductor Limited. According to Spansion, it will pay approximately $110M, plus $65M for in...

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Tuesday, April 2, 2013

MegaChips Merges With Kawasaki Microelectronics

San Jose-based MegaChips Corporation said Monday that it and its wholly owned subsidiary, Kawasaki Microelectronics, have merged, and will become MegaChips Technology America Corporation. The two said the move would give its customers the c...

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Wednesday, March 6, 2013

Kilopass Finds $8M

Santa Clara-based Kilopass, a developer and licensor of intellectual property for the non-volatile memory semiconductor market, said it has raised $8M in a funding round. The firm said it came from a major, consumer electronics licensee of ...

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Wednesday, February 13, 2013

InVisage Sees New Funding For Image Sensors

Menlo Park-based InVisage, a developer of image sensors, said Wednesday that it has raised a Series D round of funding. Size of the funding was not announced. According to InVisage, the new funding round was led by GGV Capital, and also inc...

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Tuesday, January 15, 2013

Intel Backs Japanese Semiconductor Robotics Firm

Persimmon Technologies, a developer of vacuum robotics and other technology aimed at the semiconductor, LED, solar, and other manufacturing markets, said it raised $5.8M in a Series B funding. The round came from Intel Capital, The Bernard ...

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Monday, December 17, 2012

MIPS Goes To Imagination Technologies

Sunnyvale-based processor firm MIPS is being sold to Imagination Technologies, after Imagination outbid Ceva for MIPS. Imagination Technologies agreed to pay $100M for MIPS, up significantly from its original offer of $60M for the company; ...

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Thursday, December 13, 2012

Green Plug Raises Series C

San Ramon-based Green Plug, a company developing programmable, mixed-signal controllers for the power controller market, said this week that it has raised a Series C funding round. Size of the round was not announced. GreenPlug said the fun...

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Monday, December 3, 2012

Synopsys Completes SpringSoft Buy

Mountain View-based Synopsys said Sunday that it has completed its acquisition of Taiwanese IC design software maker SpringSoft. THe deal was worth approximately $417M. Synopsys had announced the acquisition in October. Synopsys said the bu...

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Wednesday, November 14, 2012

Akros Silicon Gets New Funding

Sunnyvale-based Akros Silicon said Tuesday that it has raised a new round of funding, bring its total raised in 2012 to $11M. Size of the new funding was not disclosed. The round was led by Technology Partners, and also included USVP, Leven...

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Tuesday, November 6, 2012

MIPS Technologies Sells Off Patents, Acquired By Imagination Technologies

Sunnyvale-based processor developer MIPS Technologies said Monday that it has sold off both its patents, as well as the company itself, in two separate deals. MIPS said it has sold its patents to Bridge Crossing LLC, an acquisition vehicle ...

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Wednesday, October 31, 2012

Crossing Automation Acquired By Brooks Automation

Fremont-based Crossing Automation, a developer of automation tools for the semiconductor market, has been acquired by Massachusetts-based Brooks Automation. According to Brooks, the deal is worth $63M in cash. The company said that Crossing...

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Thursday, October 18, 2012

MicroProbe Now Part Of FormFactor

San Jose-based MicroProbe, which develops wafer test equipment used in systems-on-a-chip (SoC) testing, is now officially part of FormFactor, FormFactor said today. The deal, which was worth $100M in cash and $16.8M in stock, had been annou...

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Wednesday, October 10, 2012

Ambarella Up Slightly In IPO

Santa Clara-based Ambarella, which develops video processing systems-on-a-chip (SoC) technology, was up slightly in its IPO Wednesday, after pricing at $6 per share, below its initial offering range of $9 to $11. The firm debuted on the NAS...

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Friday, September 28, 2012

Power Analog Microelectronics Acquired By Diodes Inc.

Santa Clara-based Power Analog Microelectronics (PAM), a developer of analog and high voltage power ICs, including Class D audio amplifiers, DC-DC converters, and LED backlighting drivers, has been acquired by Diodes, Inc.. Financial terms ...

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Tuesday, September 25, 2012

Cypress Bumps Offer For Ramtron

San Jose-based Cypress Semiconductor said Tuesday that it has increased its offer for memory maker Ramtron, to $3.10 per share, and has extended its tender offer to October 9, 2012. The deal values Ramtron at around $109.8M, and comes after...

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Thursday, September 20, 2012

Cortina Systems Drops IPO Plans

Sunnyvale-based Cortina Systems, a developer of network semiconductors, has dropped its IPO plans, saying in a filing with the SEC Thursday that it has elected not to proceed with its offering. The company did not give a reason for the with...

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Monday, September 17, 2012

Xilinx Buys Modesat For Wireless Backhaul

San Jose-based Xilinx said today that it has acquired substantially all of the assets of Modesat Communications, a developer of wireless backhaul products. Financial terms of the buy were not disclosed. Modesat was based in Estonia, and als...

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Monday, September 17, 2012

Aquantia Buys 10GBASE-T Assets From PLX

Milpitas-based Aquantia, which develops 10 Gigabit Ethernet semiconductors, reported this morning that it has signed a definitive agreement to acquire the 10GBASE-T assets of PLX Technology. Financial temrs of the buy were not disclosed. Aq...

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Tuesday, September 11, 2012

DisplayLink Connects With $10.4M

Palo Alto-based DisplayLink, which develops hardware and software which lets users connect to monitors over Ethernet, wireless, and USB, has raised $10.4M in a financing round, the firm said Monday. The funding came from Clydesdale Bank, an...

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Tuesday, September 4, 2012

MicroProbe Acquired By FormFactor

San Jose-based MicroProbe, a developer of wafer test equipment used for systems-on-a-chip testing, has been acquired by FormFactor. FormFactor said it will pay $100M in cash plus $16.8M in stock for MicroProbe's parent firm, Astria Semicond...

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Wednesday, August 29, 2012

Zenverge Gets Strategic Round From Verizon

Santa Clara-based semiconductor maker Zenverge, which is developing a transcoding engine aimed at processing HD streams for IP connected devices, said Tuesday that it has raised a strategic round of funding from Verizon Investments. Financi...

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Tuesday, August 28, 2012

Xilinx Buys PetaLogix

San Jose-based programmable logic provider Xilinx said this morning that it has acquired PetaLogix, a developer of embedded Linux software. Financial terms of the acquisition were not announced. Xilinx said the buy would help strengthen its...

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Wednesday, August 22, 2012

Ambarella Updates IPO Plans

Santa Clara-based Ambarella looks to be kicking back into gear with its IPO plans, saying today that it has filed an updated S-1. The firm, which develops semiconductors used for high definition video capture and display, has applied to lis...

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Friday, August 3, 2012

Synopsys Buys SpringSoft

Mountain View-based Synopsys, the developer of electronic design automation software tools, said today that it has acquired SpringSoft, a Taiwanese developer of specialized IC design software. Synopsys said it will pay approximately $406M f...

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Tuesday, July 31, 2012

Synopsys Buys Ciranova

Mountain View-based Synopsys, the provider of design and verification software for the semiconductor industry, said this morning that it has acquired Ciranova, a provider of electric design automation software. Financial terms of the buy we...

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Friday, July 27, 2012

VIVOtech Shutting Down, Says Report

Santa Clara-based VIVOtech, the developer of NFC-based, contactless payment readers and systems, is shutting down, according to a report this morning from NFC Times. The report says that the firm, facing cash flow problems, is holding confe...

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Thursday, July 19, 2012

ISSI Buys Chingis Technology

San Jose-based Integrated Silicon Solutions, a fabless semiconductor firm focused on the automotive, communications, industrial, and other markets, said Thursday that it has acquired Chingis Technology Corporation, a provider of NOR flash m...

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Monday, May 14, 2012

Aquantia Connects With $35M

Milpitas-based Aquantia, which develops high speed, Ethernet PHY semiconductors for the 10GBASE-T market, has raised $35M in a Series F funding, the firm said today. The round came from RUSNANO, along with current investors. Aquantaia said ...

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Monday, April 30, 2012

IDT Buys PLX, Fox Electronics

San Jose-based mixed signal semiconductor maker IDT said Monday afternoon that it has acquired two firms, in separate transactions. According to IDT, it has acquired Sunnyvale-based PLX Technology, in a deal worth approximately $330M, and s...

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Monday, April 30, 2012

NeoPhotonics Receives $39.8M

Publicly held NeoPhotonics, which is based in San Jose, said today that it has raised $39.8M in shares of the firm in a private placement. The funding came from Russian investor RUSNANO. NeoPhotonics is a developer of photonic integrated ci...

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Monday, April 30, 2012

CrestaTech Gains $13M

Santa Clara-based CrestaTech, a developer of wireless RF tuners and integrated DSPs used for developing televisions, has raised $13M in a funding round, the firm said tdoay. The funding came from Bechtolsheim Ventures, Benhamou Global Ventu...

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Wednesday, April 25, 2012

Amalfi Semicondcutor Finds $20M

Los Gatos-based Amalfi Semiconductor, a developer of power amplifiers for the cellular handset market, said this week that it has raised $20M in a new funding round. The funding came from existing investors Battery Ventures, DCM and Globes...

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Thursday, April 19, 2012

Roving Networks Acquired By Microchip Technology

Los Gatos-based Roving Networks, a developer of low-power, embedded Wi-Fi and Bluetooth products, has been acquired by microcontroller developer Microchip Technology, Microchip said this morning. Financial terms of the acquisition were not ...

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Tuesday, April 10, 2012

Oasys Design Systems Finds Funding

Santa Clara-based Oasys Design Systems, which develops chip design software, said Tuesday that it has raised a Series B funding round. The round came from Intel Capital and Xilinx. Amount of the funding was not announced by the company. Oas...

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Thursday, April 5, 2012

GEO Semiconductor Raises $1.0M

Santa Clara-based GEO Semiconductor, a developer of graphics processors for the smartphone market, said Wednesday that it has completed a $1M, Series A funding round. Details on the funding were not released. It's unclear if the $1.0M is pa...

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Wednesday, March 21, 2012

BroadLight Acquired By Broadcom

BroadLight, a developer of optical networking components which has its U.S. headquarters in Santa Clara, has been acquired by Broadcom for $195M in cash. BroadLight develops fiber access PON (Passive Optical Network) processors, and has its...

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Friday, March 16, 2012

Micrel Buys PhaseLink

San Jose-based Micrel, a supplier of analog communications chips and Ethernet ICs, said yesterday that it has acquired PhaseLink, a developer of clock and timing chips. PhaseLink is based in Taiwan, with operations in Silicon Valley. Financ...

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Monday, March 5, 2012

MagnaChip Completes Buy of Korean Firm

Magnachip Semiconductor, the Korean-based developer of analog and mixed-signal semiconductors which bases its U.S. operations in Cupertino, said today that it has completed its acquisition of Korean semiconductor firm Dawin Electronics Co. ...

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Wednesday, February 29, 2012

Scintera Gets Funding From Maxim

Sunnyvale-based Scintera, a developer of systems-on-a-chip products for measuring, monitoring, and modifying RF signals, has raised funding from fellow Sunnyvale firm Maxim Integrated Products. Size of the strategic funding was not disclose...

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Tuesday, February 28, 2012

Trident Microsystems' Set Top Box Operations Sold

Sunnyvale-based Trident Microsystems, the bankrupt developer of set-top box semiconductors, has been sold to connected home semiconductor maker Entropic Communications, Entropic said Monday. Entropic said it will pay $65M for the assets of ...

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Monday, February 27, 2012

Cisco Buys Lightwire

San Jose-based Cisco said last week that it intends to acquire Lightwire, a developer of optical interconnects. Cisco said it would pay approximately $271M in cash and retention-based incentives for Lightwire. Lightwire integrates both acti...

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Wednesday, February 22, 2012

Synopsys Completes Acquisition of Magma

Mountain View-based Synopsys said today that it has completed its acquisition of San Jose-based Magma Design Automation. The deal was worth approximately $523M, or $7.35 per Magma share in cash. Magma is a developer of software used in the ...

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Friday, February 17, 2012

NetLogic Microsystems Acquisition Completes

Santa Clara-based NetLogic Microsystems is now officially part of Broadcom, the two said this morning, after the acquisition of NetLogic by Broadcom completed. The deal was worth $3.7 billion, and had originally been announced in September....

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Monday, February 13, 2012

Solar Junction Finds $19.2M

San Jose-based Solar Junction, which is developing high-efficiency, multi-junction cells for the concentrated photovoltaic panel market, said this morning that it has raised $19.2M in a Series D funding round. The round came from strategic ...

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Monday, February 6, 2012

Rambus Buys Unity Semiconductor

Sunnyvale-based Rambus said today that it has acquired non-volatile, solid state memory technology developer Unity Semiconductor, in a deal worth $35M in cash. Rambus said it has added Unity's team members as part of the acquisition. Unity...

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Friday, January 27, 2012

Stretch Reaches $5.0M In Series C

Sunnyvale-based Stretch, a developer of reconfigurable processors for the high speed video and imaging processing market, has raised $5.0M, the first part of an ongoing Series C funding round. The details of the funding were disclosed via a...

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Tuesday, January 24, 2012

Synopsys Buys ExpertIO

Mountain View-based Synopsys, which develops semiconductor design verification software, said Monday that it has closed on its acquisition of ExpertIO, a provider of verification IP for standard protocols. Financial terms of the buy were no...

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Thursday, January 5, 2012

SuVolta Finds $17.6M

Los Gatos-based SuVolta, a developer of CMOS-based, lower power IC technology, announced today that it has raised $17.6M in a funding round. The funding came from Bright Capital, Kleiner Perkins Caufield & Byers, August Capital, New Enterpr...

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Thursday, January 5, 2012

Marvell Buys Xelerated

Santa Clara-based chip developer Marvell said Wednesday that it has acquired Xelerated AB, a developer of network processing and programmable Ethernet switches. Financial terms of the buy were not disclosed. Xelerated AB is based in Sweden....

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Thursday, January 5, 2012

Francisco Partners Buys Ichor Systems

San Francisco-based private equity firm Francisco Partners said today that it has acquired Ichor Systems, a developer and manufacturer of process tools and related products. Financial details of the acquisition were not announced. Ichor, wh...

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Monday, December 19, 2011

EnVerv Raises $12M For Smart Grid Chips

San Jose-based EnVerv, a developer of semiconductors used for the smart grid metering industry, said today that it has raised $12M in a round of funding. The round came from Benchmark Capital, along with prior investors New Enterprise Assoc...

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Friday, December 9, 2011

SiliconBlue Acquired By Lattice Semiconductor

Santa Clara-based SiliconBlue, a developer of FPGA-based, single chip low power mobile chips, has been acquired by Lattice Semiconductor, in a deal worth $62M in cash. Lattice said it would buy SiliconBlue to boost growth of its products i...

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Monday, December 5, 2011

GainSpan Adds $18M In Funding

San Jose-based GainSpan, a developer of low power, wireless semiconductor chips, announced today that it has raised $18M in a Series C funding round. The round came from Hatteras Funds and Mobile Internet Capital, along with prior investors...

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Wednesday, November 30, 2011

Synopsys Buys Magma Design Automation

Mountain View-based Synopsys, the developer of semiconductor design verification software, said Wednesday that it is in a definitive agreement to acquire San Jose-based Magma Design Automation. The deal is worth approximately $507M net of c...

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Tuesday, November 22, 2011

Nanometrics Buys Nanda Technologies

Milpitas-based Nanometrics Incorporated, a provider of process control systems used in the semiconductor industry, said yesterday that it has acquired Nanda Technologies, GmbH, a German developer of high-throughput, high-sensitivity defect ...

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Monday, November 7, 2011

Quantenna Lands Strategic Investment From Telefonica

Fremont-based Quantenna, the developer of Wi-Fi networking chips for the home entertainment market, reported today that it has scored a strategic investment from Telefonica. Size of that investment round was not disclosed. The funding came ...

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Thursday, November 3, 2011

AMD Chops 10 Percent

Sunnyvale-based AMD said Thursday afternoon that it will cut its staff by approximately 10 percent, as part of a restructuring of the company.AMD said the move will save the firm more than $200M in 2012. The cuts will affect roughly 1400 em...

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Wednesday, October 19, 2011

GEO Semiconductor Lands $1.6M

Santa Clara-based GEO Semi, a developer of programmable processors used for video and image processing, said Wednesday that it has raised $1.6M in a funding round. The round was split between $1.3M in equity, plus $300,000 of convertible de...

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Friday, October 7, 2011

Synopsys Buys Extreme DA

Mountain View-based Synopsys announced this morning that it has acquired Extreme DA, a developer of software used to improve integrated circuit design performance, power consumption, and manufacturing yields. Financial terms of the buy were...

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Wednesday, October 5, 2011

eAsic Raises $12.475M

Santa Clara-based eAsic, a developer of ASIC devices which combine FPGA-like logic with ASIC technology to shorten tap out to prototype delivery, has raised $12.475M in funding, according to a recent regulatory filing by the company. Source...

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Wednesday, September 28, 2011

Atmel Buys Advanced Digital Design

San Jose-based Atmel said this morning that it has acquired Advanced Digital Design, S.A., a Spanish developer of power line communications chips. Financial terms of the buy were not disclosed. ADD semiconductor designs systems-on-a-chip fo...

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Wednesday, September 28, 2011

DisplayLink Gets $15M In Series D

Palo Alto-based DisplayLink, the developer of semiconductor for connecting monitors to laptops and PCs, announced today that it has raised $15M in a Series D funding round. The round was led by Cipio Partners, co-led by DFJ Esprit, and also...

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Monday, September 26, 2011

Quantance Ups Funding By $11M

Sunnyvale-based Quantance, the developer of power management chips for the 4G wireless market, reported today that it has raised $11M in a Series C funding round. The round included prior investors TD Fund, Granite Ventures, InterWest Partn...

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Monday, September 26, 2011

Zenverge Raises $20.5M

Cupertino-based Zenverge, a developer of media encoding and decoding silicon, said today that it has raised $20.5M in a Series D round of financing. The round was led by Entropic Communications, and also included new investors CID Group and...

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Friday, September 23, 2011

National Semiconductor Acquisition By TI Complete

Santa Clara-based National Semiconductor is now officially part of Texas Instruments, TI announced this morning. TI had announced its acquisition of National Semiconductor in April, saying it would pay $6.5 billion in cash for the company. ...

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Thursday, September 15, 2011

GCT Semiconductor Files For IPO

San Jose-based GCT Semiconductor, a developer of systems-on-a-chip (SoCs) for the 4G mobile market, has filed for an IPO. GCT provides LTE and WiMAX chips based on CMOS. GCT is looking to raise up to $100M in its IPO, and says it has applie...

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Wednesday, September 14, 2011

Pixim Sees $5.2M More For Camera Sensors

Mountain View-based Pixim, a developer of digital video capture chipsets which use light-sensing technology to capture more of the information in photos, has raised $5.2M more in funding, according to a regulatory filing from the firm Tuesd...

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Monday, September 12, 2011

NetLogic Acquired By Broadcom

Santa Clara-based NetLogic Microsystems, a developer of networking processors, has reached a deal to be acquired by Broadcom, for $3.7 billion. According to Broadcom, it will pay $50 per share for NetLogic, which makes knowledge-based proce...

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Monday, August 29, 2011

Crocus Technology Buys Patents From NXP

Sunnyvale-based Crocus Technology, a developer of magnetic semiconductors, said this morning that it has acquired the MRAM patent portfolio of NXP Semiconductor. Financial terms of the acquisitoin were not disclosed. Corcus said the patents...

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Thursday, August 11, 2011

Link_A_Media Nabs $16M More

Santa Clara-based Link_A_Media Devices, a developer of systems-on-a-chip for the data storage market, said Wednesday that it has raised another $16M, in a Series D round. The round came from ITOCHU Technology Ventures, Keynote Ventures, Lig...

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Tuesday, August 2, 2011

Grandis Acquired By Samsung Electronics

Milpitas-based Grandis, Inc., a developer of spin transfer torque random access memory (STT-RAM) memory technology, has been acquired by Samsung Electronics, Samsung announced Tuesday. Financial details of the acquisition were not announced...

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Tuesday, July 19, 2011

Intel Buys Switching Semiconductor Firm

Santa Clara-based Intel Corporation said this morning that it has acquired Fulcrum Microsystems, a developer of Ethernet switch silicon for data center networks. Financial details of the acquisition were not disclosed. Fulcrum is based in C...

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Tuesday, July 12, 2011

Cadence Buys Azuro

San Jose-based electronic design automation firm Cadence said Tuesday that it has acquired Santa Clara-based Azuro, a developer of system-on-a-chip design tools. Financial term sof the acquisition were not disclosed. Azuro develops clock co...

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Wednesday, July 6, 2011

ASIC Advantage Acquired By Microsemi

Sunnyvale-based ASIC Advantage, a developer of high-performance, high-voltage and radiation-hardened mixed-signal integrated circuit (IC) solutions for the aerospace, automotive, communications, industrial and medical markets, has been acqu...

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Thursday, June 30, 2011

Apache Design Solutions Acquired By ANSYS

San Jose-based Apache Design Solutions, a developer of electronics simulation software, has been acquired by ANSYS, a fellow simulation software developer, in a deal worth $310M in cash. Apache Design Solutions develops software used for de...

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Wednesday, June 29, 2011

SiliconBlue Adds $18M

Santa Clara-based SiliconBlue Technologies, which provides IP, design services, and semiconductors for the mobile device market, said today that it has raised $18M in a Series D funding round. The round was led by Atlantic Bridge, and also ...

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Wednesday, June 29, 2011

OmniVision Buys Taiwanese Manufacturing Operation

Santa Clara-based OmniVision Technologies, which develops CMOS digital imaging products, said today that it has acquired the wafer-level lens production operations from Tawianese firm VisEra Technology Company, Ltd.. VisEra currently provid...

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Friday, June 24, 2011

Touchstone Semiconductor Gets $12M

Milpitas-based Touchstone Semiconductor, a developer of analog integrated circuits, said Thursday that it has raised $12M in a Series A funding. The funding came from Opus Capital and Khosla Ventures. The firm said the funding will go towar...

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Wednesday, June 15, 2011

Active-Semi Gets $6M In Debt

San Jose-based Active-Semi, which designs and sells analog semiconductors for the mobile market, has scored $6M in debt financing from Silicon valley Bank, the firms said today. According to the companies, Active-Semi will use the new worki...

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Tuesday, June 14, 2011

Ambarella Files For IPO

Santa Clara-based Ambarella, a developer of semiconductors for the video and image processing market, said last week that it has filed for an IPO. The firm is looking to raise up to $65M in its IPO. The IPO is being underwritten by Morgan S...

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Monday, June 13, 2011

NVIDIA Completes Icera Buy

Santa Clara-based NVIDIA said this morning that it has completed its acquisition of Icera. The deal was worth $367M in cash. Icera was a developer of wireless modems for the 3G and 4G mobile market. NVIDIA had originally announced the acqui...

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Monday, June 6, 2011

Aquantia Raises $21M More For 10GBASE-T

Milpitas-based Aquantia, a developer of 10GBASE-T PHY semiconductors, said this morning that it has raised $21M in a Series E funding round. The firm said the funding will go towards scaling its operations. The funding came from LSI Corpora...

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Wednesday, May 25, 2011

Atheros Communications Acquired By Qualcomm

San Jose-based Atheros Communications, the developer of networking equipment, has officially become part of Qualcomm, Qualcomm said Tuesday. The deal was worth $3.1 billion. Qualcomm and Atheros initially announced the deal in January. Athe...

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Monday, May 23, 2011

Phase Matrix Acquired by National Instruments

San Jose-based Phase Matrix, a designer of RF and microwave test and measurement instruments, subsystems and components, has been acquired by National Instruments. National Instruments said it will pay $38M for Phase Matrix, which was found...

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Monday, May 23, 2011

Innovalight Gets $3.4M From DOE

Sunnvyale-based Innovalight, a developer of silicon ink technology, said last week that it has scored $3.4M from the U.S. Departmetn of Energy (DOE). The firm said the funding came under the DOE's SunShot initiative, and will go to accelera...

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Tuesday, May 17, 2011

Crocus Technology In $300M Financing Deal

Sunnyvale-based Crocus Technology, a developer of MRAM technology, said today that it has agreed to create a new, MRAM manufacturing company called Crocus Nano Electronics, with a total of $300M in investments form Russian nano-tech investo...

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Monday, May 9, 2011

Nvidia Buys Icera

Santa Clara-based graphics card and semiconductor firm NVIDIA announced this morning that it is buying Icera, a developer of baseband processors for the 3G and 4G cell phone and tablet market. The deal is worth $367 million in cash. Icera w...

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Wednesday, April 27, 2011

Optomai Acquired By M/A-COM

Sunnyvale-based Optomai, a semiconductor firm developing integrated circuits and modules for 40Gbps and 100Gbps fiber optic networks, has been acquired by M/A-COM Technology Solutions. M/A Technology Solutions announced the buy Tuesday. Fin...

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Tuesday, April 26, 2011

Provigent Now Part of Broadcom

Santa Clara-based Provigent, the developer of mixed signal semiconductrors for the microwave backhaul market, is now officially part of Broadcom. Broadcom said Monday that it has officially completed its acquisition of Provigent, a deal whi...

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Friday, April 15, 2011

SiBeam Acquired By Silicon Image

Sunnvyale-based Silicon Image said Thursday that it has acquired SiBEAM, also based in Sunnyvale, in a deal worth $25.5M in cash plus stock. SiBEAM is a developer of high speed, wireless communications products for uncompressed, HD video. S...

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Tuesday, April 5, 2011

Marseille Networks Lands $4.5M

Santa Clara-based Marseille Networks, a developer of video processors, said Tuesday that it has raised $4.5M in a Series B funding round. The firm said the investment came from new and current investors. The company's investors include Kump...

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Monday, April 4, 2011

National Semiconductor Acquired By Texas Instruments

Santa Clara-based National Semiconductor is being acquired by Texas Instruments in a $6.5 billion, all cash deal, the firms said Monday afternoon. The two said that National Semiconductor's shareholders will receive $25 in cash for each of ...

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Monday, March 28, 2011

Tabula Rakes In $108M

Santa Clara-based Tabula, the developer of programmable logic devices, announced today that it has raised $108M in the firm's Series D funding round. The firm said the new round was led by Crosslink Capital and DAG Ventures, and also includ...

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Monday, March 21, 2011

Provigent Acquired By Broadcom

Santa Clara-based Provigent, a venture backed developer of high performance, mixed signal semiconductor for the microwave backhaul market, has been acquired by Broadcom. Broadcom said it would pay $313M net of cash for Provigent. Provigent ...

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Thursday, March 17, 2011

Intel Buys Silicon Hive

Santa Clara-based Intel has acquired Silicon Hive, a semiconductor spinout of Philips Electronics. According to investor New Venture Partners, the acquisition comes to help Intel bolster its processor architecture. Silicon Hive was spun out...

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Wednesday, March 16, 2011

Cortina Systems Files For IPO

Sunnyvale-based Cortina Systems, which develops networking semiconductors, has filed for an IPO. The firm said it is looking to raise up to $100M in an IPO. The firm's underwriters include J.P. Morgan, Barclays Capital, Needham & Company, O...

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Wednesday, March 16, 2011

MagnaChip Semiconductor Closes IPO

Cupertino-based MagnaChip Semicondutor has closed its IPO, the firm said Wednesday, offering up 9,500,000 shares of its common stock at $14.00 per share. The firm's IPO was underwritten by Barclays Capital, Deutsche Bank Securities, Goldman...

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Monday, March 14, 2011

Apache Design Solutions Files For IPO

San Jose-based Apache Design Solutions, a developer of power analysis and optimization software for designing integrated circuits, has filed for a $75.0M IPO. The IPO is being underwritten by Deutsche Bank Securities, Needham & Company, Can...

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Thursday, March 10, 2011

LSI Sells External Storage Division To NetApp

Milpitas-based LSI Corporation said Wednesday afternoon that it will sell its external storage systems business to NetApp, in a deal worth $480M in cash. According to LSI, the move to divest its external storage semiconductor business comes...

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Monday, March 7, 2011

Samplify Systems Gets $11.2M

Santa Clara-based Samplify Systems, a developer of analog front end chips for the industrial, wireless, and scientific markets, announced today that it has raised $11.2M in a Series B funding round. The funding came from Integrated Device T...

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Wednesday, March 2, 2011

Achronix Semiconductor Gets $40M

San Jose-based Achronix Semiconductor, a developer of field programmable gate array (FPGA) technology, said yesterday that it has raised $40M as part of a first close of a $45M, Series C mezzanine financing round. The firm said the funding ...

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Wednesday, February 23, 2011

Golden Gate Capital Wins Conexant

Private equity firm Golden Gate Capital has won the bidding war for Conexant, after Standard Microsystems declined to up its bid for the semiconductor maker. Conexant said Wednesday afternoon that it has terminated its earlier merger agreem...

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Monday, January 31, 2011

Cavium Networks Buys Celestial Semiconductor

Mountain View-based Cavium Networks said Monday afternoon that it has signed a definitive agreement to acquire Celestial Semiconductor, a developer of ARM-based systems-on-a-chip processors for the digital media area. Celestial Semiconducto...

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Monday, January 31, 2011

Xilinx Buys AutoESL

San Jose-based Xilinx said this morning that it has acquired AutoESL Design Technologies, a developer of high level synthesis software. Financial terms of the acquisition were not disclosed. AutoESL develops software which allows semiconduc...

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Thursday, January 27, 2011

Cypress Sells CMOS Image Sensor Unit

San Jose-based Cypress has sold its CMOS image sensor unit to ON Semiconductor, in a deal worth $31.4M in cash. According to ON Semiconductor, it will also acquire around 100 patents and patent applications as part of the deal, and hires on...

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Wednesday, January 26, 2011

SpectraLinear Acquired By Silicon Laboratories

Santa Clara-based SpectraLinear, a developer of programmable clock ICs, has been acquired by Silicon Laboratories, a Texas-based maker of analog intensive, mixed signal ICs. Silicon Laboratories said it would pay $40M for SpectraLinear. Spe...

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Tuesday, January 25, 2011

Steed Technology Buys Applied Technology Specialists

Scotts Valley-based Steed Technology, a provider of equipment for the semiconductor, LED< and solar industry, said it has acquired Applied Technology Specialists, Inc. (ATSI), a provider of advanced pollution control equipment for the high ...

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Tuesday, January 25, 2011

Integrated Silicon Solution Acquires Si En Integration

San Jose-based Integrated Silicon Solution said Monday that it is in a definitie agreement to acquire Si En Integration Holdings Limited, a provider of analog and mixed signal integrated circuits based in Xiamen, China. The deal was worth $...

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Tuesday, January 18, 2011

Tilera Takes $45M

San jose-based Tilera, a developer of multicore processors, said today that it has raised $45M in a funding round. The round was led by Artis Capital Management, and also included WestSummit Capital Management, Comerica Bank, Walden Interna...

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Wednesday, January 5, 2011

Atheros Acquired By Qualcomm For $3.1 Billion

San Jose-based networking equipment maker Atheros has been acquired by mobile phone technology firm Qualcomm, in a deal worth $3.1 billion. According to Qualcomm, it is acquiring Atheros for $45 per share in cash, for an enterprise value of...

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Tuesday, January 4, 2011

Amalfi Semiconductor Names New CEO

Los Gatos-based Amalfi Semiconductor, a developer of high performance, CMOS radio frequency (RF) and mixed signal semiconductor for the mobile handset market, said today that it has named Mark Foley as its new CEO. Amalfi, which is venture ...

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Wednesday, December 15, 2010

Chip Path Design Systems Snags $3M

Cupertino-based Chip Path Design Systems, a developer of electronic design automation (EDA) tools for the semiconductor industry, said today that it has raised $3M in a Series A venture round. The round came from Scientific Ventures, Lanza ...

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Monday, November 22, 2010

Gigle Networks Acquired By Broadcom

Redwood City-based Gigle Networks, a developer of home powerline networking technology, has been acquired by Broadcom, in a deal worth $75M in cash plus up to $8M in earnout, according to Broadcom this morning. Gigle has raised at least $31...

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Friday, November 19, 2010

PMC-Sierra Completes Wintegra Acquisition

Santa Clara-based PMC-Sierra said late Thurday that it has completed its acquisition of Wintegra, a developer of integrated network processors for the mobile backhaul market. The deal was worth $240M in cash, minus approximately $26M in cas...

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Tuesday, November 16, 2010

Juniper Pays $152M For Trapeze Networks

Sunnyvale-based Juniper Networks said Tuesday that it has agreed to pay $152M in cash for Trapeze Networks, the developer of enterprise wireless local area network (WLAN) systems and software. Juniper is buying Trapeze Networks from Belden,...

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Thursday, November 11, 2010

Inphi Raises $81.6M In IPO

Santa Clara-based Inphi Corp. raised $81.6M in the firm's initial public offering this morning, after pricing 6.8 million shares of its common stock at $12.00 per share. The firm's debut price was at the high end of its estimated initial of...

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Monday, November 1, 2010

Canesta Acquired By Microsoft

Sunnyvale-based Canesta said late Friday that it has been acquired by Microsoft. Financial terms of the buy were not disclosed. Canesta said Microsoft is buying its products, technology, intellectual property, customer contracts, and other ...

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Monday, November 1, 2010

Inphi Sets IPO Pricing Range

Santa Clara-based Inphi Corp., a developer of high speed switching semiconductors, has set its IPO pricing range, according to a filing by the firm late Friday. The firm said in an updated S-1 it anticipates its initial public offering pri...

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Friday, October 22, 2010

Power Integrations Invests $30M In SemiSouth

San Jose-based power Integrations said today that it has invested $30M in a strategic investment in Starkville, Mississippi-based SemiSouth, a developer of high-voltage, silicon-carbine semiconductors. The firm said the investment will help...

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Thursday, October 21, 2010

PMC-Sierra Buys Wintegra

Santa Clara-based PMC-Sierra, a maker of semiconductor for the communications market, said Thursday afternoon that it has acquired Wintegra, a developer of network processors optimized for mobile backhaul equipment. PMC-Sierra said it would...

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Tuesday, October 19, 2010

Intel Announces Billions For U.S. Factories

Santa Clara-based Intel said Tuesday that it is planning to spend $6 to $8 billion in upgrading and constructing a new fab in the U.S., in a b id to create thousands of new jobs and bolster its workforce in the country. Intel said the inves...

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Friday, October 8, 2010

Synopsys Buys Optical Research Associates

Mountain View-based Synoposys, the developer semiconductor design software, said Thursday that it has acquired Optical Research Associates, a developer of optical design software and optical engineering services. Financial terms of the buy ...

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Tuesday, October 5, 2010

Memoir Systems Gains $5.1M

Sunnyvale-based Memoir Systems, a firm developing technology to help scale memory performance in ASIC designs, has raised $5.1M in a funding, according to a regulatory filing by the firm. Source of the new funding was not disclosed. Memoir ...

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Monday, October 4, 2010

Actel Acquired By Microsemi

Mountain View-based Actel, a developer of field programmable gate arrays (FPGAs) and related products, has been acquired by Microsemi. The deal is worth $430M, made up of $20.88 per share in cash. According to Microsemi, the acquisition wo...

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Tuesday, September 28, 2010

GEO Semiconductor Gets $2M In Venture Debt, Equity

Santa Clara-based GEO Semiconductor, a developer of semiconductors used for pixel processing for LCD displays and smartphone cameras, said today that it has raised $2M in a combination of venture debt and equity. The venture debt was led by...

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Monday, September 27, 2010

Quantenna Communications Raises $21M More

Fremont-based Quantenna Communications announced this morning that it has raised $21M more, in a Series E funding round. The round was led by DAG Ventures, a new investor in the firm, and included prior investors Sequoia Capital, Sigma Part...

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Friday, September 24, 2010

PLX Buys Teranetics

Sunnyvale-based PLX Technology, a developer of networking semiconductors, said last night that it has signed a definitive merger agreement to acquire Teranetics, a developer of mixed signal semiconductors for 10 Gigabit Ethernet. Teranetics...

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Thursday, September 23, 2010

Tensilica Gets Investment From Fujitsu

Santa Clara-based Tensilica, a developer of digital signal processing (DSP) and CPU cores for the systems-on-a-chip market, said this week that it has received a strategic investment from Fujitsu Limited. Financial terms of the investment w...

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Wednesday, September 15, 2010

Harmonic Completes Omneon Buy

San Jose-based Harmonic said Wednesday that it has completed its acquisition of Sunnyvale-based Omneon. The deal was worth approximately $273M, made up of $194M in cash plus 17.1 million shares of Harmonic shares. The deal was originally an...

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Tuesday, September 14, 2010

SandForce Picks Up $25M

Saratoga-based SandForce, a developer of processors for the solid state disk drive market, announced Tuesday that it has raised $25M in a Series D funding round. According to the firm, the round was led by Cannan Partners, and also included...

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Wednesday, September 8, 2010

Zoran Buys Microtune

Sunnyvale-based Zoran announced today that it has acquired Microtune, a maker of silicon tuner technology for the set-top box and digital TV market. The deal is worth approximately $166M, or $2.92 in cash for each share of Microtune common ...

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Monday, August 30, 2010

Intel Buys Infineon's Wireless Solutions Business

Intel confirmed Monday morning that it is purchasing Infineon's Wireless Solution Business (WLS), in a cash deal worth approximately $1.4 billion. According to Intel, WLS will operate as a standalone business, with the deal closing sometime...

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Friday, August 27, 2010

Soft Machines Lands $13.0M

Santa Clara-based Soft Machines, a stealth mode firm in the semiconductor area, has raised $13.0M in a funding round, according to a regulatory filing by the firm this week. No details on the company or its funding have been announced. Howe...

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Wednesday, August 25, 2010

ServerEngines Buy Completes

The acquisition of Sunnyvale-based ServerEngines has completed, according to acquiring firm Emulex. ServerEngines is a maker of 10Gb/s Ethernet ASICs used for LAN-on-motherboard applications. The deal was worth $78M in cash, plus eight mill...

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Thursday, August 19, 2010

Intel Buys McAfee

Santa Clara-based chip giant Intel is buying computer security giant McAfee, in a deal worth approximately $7.68 billion, the firms said this morning. According to the firms, McAfee will become a wholly-owned subsidiary reporting into Intel...

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Wednesday, July 21, 2010

Synopsys, Virage Logic Pass Hart-Scott-Rodino Hurdle

EDA software maker Synopsys and semiconductor IP firm Virage Logic reported today that the two have passed the 30-day waiting period under the Hart-Scott-Rodino antirtust act. The firms said that the expiration of the waiting period satisfi...

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Wednesday, July 14, 2010

Global Equipment Services Buys Indian Firm

San Jose-based Global Equipment Services, a supplier of equipment design engineering, contract manufacturing, and other services to the semiconductor, solar, and other industries, said today that it has acquired Infotek, an Indian provider ...

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Tuesday, July 13, 2010

Mirics Raises $13M More

San Jose-based Mirics, a developer of software-based, broadcast TV reception technology, said today that it has raised $13.0M in funding. The firm said the round came from existing investors Acacia Capital Partners, Intel Capital, and Pond ...

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Tuesday, July 13, 2010

Ferrotec Buys Integrated Materials

Santa Clara-based Ferrotec (USA) Corporation, a suppliers of materials for the semiconductor manufacturing industry, said Monday that it has acquired Integrated Materials, a developer of a technology for manufacturing poly silicon furnacewa...

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Thursday, July 1, 2010

MagnaChip Semiconductor Drops IPO Plans

MagnaChip Semiconductor, a designer and manufacturer of analog and mixed-signal semiconductors, said this morning that it is withdrawing its initial public offering. The firm cited "adverse market conditions" for the withdrawal. MagnaChip h...

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Monday, June 28, 2010

InvenSense Files For IPO

Sunnyvale-based InvenSense, a firm which develops the motion sensing components behind the Wii MotionPlus controller, has filed for an IPO. According to an S-1 filing by the firm today, the company is looking to raise up to $100M on the NAS...

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Thursday, June 24, 2010

Atmel Completes French Fab Sale

San Jose-based Atmel said today that it has completed the sale of its wafer fabrication operations in Rousset, France, to LFoundry GMBh. As part of the deal, Atmel's 750 employees employed at the fab will join LFoundry. The location manufac...

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Tuesday, June 22, 2010

Silego Technology Raises $5.75M More

Santa Clara-based Silego Technology, a supplier of clock chips and semiconductors to the notebook and netbook market, has raised $5.75M more as part of a Series C funding round targeted at $6.0M. The funding was disclosed through a regulato...

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Monday, June 21, 2010

GTronix Acquired By National Semiconductor

Fremont-based GTronix, which develops audio user-interface and voice processing semiconductors, has been acquired by Santa Clara-based National Semiconductor. Financial terms of the deal were not disclosed. GTronix is venture backed by Jaf...

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Thursday, June 17, 2010

Inphi Files For IPO

Sunnyvale-based Inphi Corp., a manufacturer of high speed analog semiconductors, has filed for an IPO. In an S-1 filing with the SEC, Inphi said it is looking to raise up to $115M in an IPO on the NYSE as IPHI. The IPO is being underwritten...

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Wednesday, June 16, 2010

eASIC Names COO

Santa Clara-based eASIC, the developer of new ASIC technology which is backed by Khosla Ventures, Kleiner Perkins Caufield and Byers (KPCB), Crescendo Ventures, Advanced Equities Incorporated and Evergreen Partners, said yesterday that it h...

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Thursday, June 10, 2010

Synopsys Buys Virage Logic

Mountain View-based Synopsys announced today that it is acquiring Virage Logic, in a deal worth $315M in cash, or $12.00 per share in cash per Virage Logic share. After accounting for cash on hand at Virage, the deal is worth approximately ...

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Monday, June 7, 2010

SiliconBlue Raises $15M

Santa Clara-based SiliconBlue Technologies, a developer of single-chip, low power FPGA devices aimed at the mobile market, said Monday that it has raised $15M in a Series C funding round. The round was led by Apex venture Partners, and also...

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Monday, June 7, 2010

Ozmo Devices Beams In $10.8M

Palo Alto-based Ozmo Devices, a firm developing lower power, Wi-Fi chips used to connect peripherals with personal computers, has raised another $10.8M in a Series D funding. The firm said the funding was led by Atlantic Bridge Ventures, an...

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Thursday, May 27, 2010

eSilicon Buys Silicon Design Solutions

Sunnyvale-based eSilicon, a provider of services for the semiconductor industry, said today that it has acquired Silicon Design Solutions in an asset deal. eSilicon said the acquisition will help the firm expand its engineering presence in ...

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Monday, May 24, 2010

Solaicx Acquired By MEMC

Santa Clara-based Solaicx, a manufacturer of silicon wafers for the photovoltaic industry, has been acquired by MEMC Electronic Materials. The deal was worth $66M in cash, plus up to $10M in investments, as well as earnout equivalent to $27...

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Tuesday, May 11, 2010

Spansion Exits Chapter 11

Sunnyvale-basd Spansion said today that it has exited Chapter 11 bankruptcy organization, and has focused the firm on embedded and targeted wireless applications. The firm said it has had four consecutive quarters of operating profit, and g...

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Monday, May 3, 2010

Intel Invests In Caring.com, SmartZip Analytics, Others

Santa Clara-based chip giant Intel said today that it has made investments in San Mateo-based Caring.com, an online site focused on information resources for family caregivers and Pleasanton-based SmartZIP Analytics, a provider of investmen...

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Wednesday, April 28, 2010

Silicon Clocks Acquired by Silicon Laboratories

Fremont-based Silicon Clocks, a developer of MEMs timing technology which was backed by Tallwood Venture Capital, Charles River Ventures, Formative Ventures, Lux Capital and Silicon Labs, has been acquired. According to acquiring firm--and ...

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Thursday, April 22, 2010

Zenverge Gets $30M

Cupertino-based Zenverge, a developer of ICs for media transcoding, encoding, and decoding, announced today that it has raised $30M in a Series C funding round. The round was led by Battery Ventures, and also included prior investors DCM, N...

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Monday, April 19, 2010

Synerchip Scores $10.5M

Sunnyvale-based Synerchip Co. Ltd., a developer of video and audio networking semiconductors, said Monday that it has raised $10.5M in a Series C funding round. The firm, which also has operations in Guangzhou, China, said the funding was l...

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Wednesday, April 14, 2010

Maxim Buys Teridian Semiconductor

Sunnyvale-based Maxim Integrated Products said this week that it is in a definitive agreement to acquire Teridian Semiconductor Corporation, a maker of systems-on-a-chip for the smart meter market, for $305M in cash. Teridian is based in Ir...

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Friday, April 9, 2010

SST Acquisition Completes

The acquisition of Sunnyvale-based SST has completed, according to acquirer Microchip Technology. Microchip said late Thursday that 90.9 percent of SST shares were voted in favor of the merger agreement, where Microchippaid $3.05 per share ...

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Thursday, April 8, 2010

eSilicon Acquires Silicon Design Solutions

Sunnyvale-based eSilicon, a provider of semiconductor services, said today that it has entered into a definitive agreement to acquire the assets of Silicon Design Solutions, a provider of semiconductor IP cores based in Milpitas. Financial ...

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Friday, March 26, 2010

OmniVision Buys Aurora Systems

Santa Clara-based OmniVision Technologies, a developer of CMOS image sensors, said today that it has completed its acquisition of Aurora Systems, a supplier of LCOS (liquid crystal on silicon) devices for mobile projectors and home theater....

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Thursday, March 25, 2010

Synopsys Completes Coware Buy

Mountain View-based Synopsys said this week that it has completed its acquisition of CoWare, a provider of software and services in the electronic systems design market. Financial terms of the acquisition were not disclosed. Synopsys said t...

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Wednesday, March 24, 2010

Intersil Buys Techwell

Milpitas-based Intersil said earlier this week that it has acquired San Jose-based Techwell, in a deal worth around $370M. The deal was worth $18.50 per share of Techwell in cash. Techwell develops mixed signal video products for the securi...

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Wednesday, March 17, 2010

LucidLogix Scores $8M

LucidLogix Technologies, a developer of multi-core, graphic chips used in personal computers, said this week that it has raised $8M in additional funding. The firm, which has sales and marketing headquarters in Santa Clara, with engineering...

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Monday, March 15, 2010

MagnaChip Looks To Raise $250M In IPO

South Korean firm MagnaChip Semiconductor, which has its U.S. headquarters in Cupertino, has filed for a $250M IPO. The IPO is being underwritten by Goldman, Sachs & Co., Barclays Capital, Deutsche Bank Securities, Citi, and UBS Investment ...

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Tuesday, March 9, 2010

SiBEAM Snags $36.5M

Sunnyvale-based SiBEAM, a developer of millimeter wave semiconductors used for high speed wireless communications, announced today that it has raised $36.5M in a Series D round of funding. The round was led by Foundation Capital, and also i...

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Monday, March 8, 2010

Tilera Gets Investment From Broadcom

San Jose-based Tilera, a developer of RISC-based high performance multicore processors, announced today that it has received a strategic investment from Broadcom. Size of the investment was not announced. Nariman Yousefi, senior vice presid...

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Thursday, March 4, 2010

Alien Technology Beams Up $10.9M

Morgan Hill-based Alien Technology, a developer of RFID ICs, readers, and other products, said this week that it has raised $10.9M more in new financing. The round came from existing investors Advanced Equities, New Enterprise Associates (N...

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Wednesday, March 3, 2010

GEO Semiconductor Gets Investments From Jupiter Systems

Santa Clara-based Geo Semiconductor, a developer of video processing semiconductors used for 3D, digital cinema, medical, and other displays, said today that it has scored a equity investment from Jupiter Systems, a supplier of processors f...

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Tuesday, March 2, 2010

Audience Collects $15M More

Mountain View-based Audience, a developer of voice processing semiconductors, announced today that it has raised $15M in additional funding in a Series E funding round. The funding brings the company's total raised to $75M. According to Aud...

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Wednesday, February 24, 2010

Quantenna Receives $15M

Fremont-based Quantenna Communications, a developer of 802.11n wireless semiconductors, said today that it has raised $15M in a Series D funding round. The round came from current investors Grazia Equity, Sequoia Capital, Sigma Partners, So...

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Friday, February 12, 2010

LensVector Adds Foxconn, UMC To Funding Round

Mountain View-based LensVector reported Thursday that it has added Foxconn and UMC as investors in the firm's recent, $30M Series C funding round. The firm also said that Translink Capital and Harbor Pacific have also joined in the funding....

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Friday, February 5, 2010

GigOptix Gets Venture Debt Round

Palo Alto-based GigOptix has scored a round of venture debt, according to debt financing provider Agility Capital. Amount of the funding was not disclosed. GigOptix develops analog semiconductors, multi-chip modules, and analog and mixed si...

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Friday, February 5, 2010

Avalanche Technology Gets Bessemer, Sequoia Backing Worth $7.5M

Fremont-based Avalanche Technologym, a firm developing what it describes as disruptive low power non-volatile magnetic memory, has raised $7.5M in a funding round which now includes Bessemer Venture Capital and Sequoia. Details on the fundi...

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Thursday, February 4, 2010

LensVector Raises $30M

Mountain View-based LensVector, a developer of chips which provide autofocus capability to mobile devices, has raised $30M in a Series C funding, the firm said today. The round was led by Institutional Venture Partners and also included Men...

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Wednesday, February 3, 2010

Silicon Storage Technology Acquired By Microchip Technology

Sunnyvale-based Silicon Storage Technology said this morning that it has dropped a plan to be acquired by Technology Resources Holdings, and instead has entered into a definitive merger agreement with analog semiconductor firm Microchip Tec...

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Thursday, January 14, 2010

IDT Buys Mobius Microsystems

San Jose-based IDT said Thursday that it has acquired Sunnyvale-based Mobius Microsystems, in an all-cash deal. Financial terms of the deal were not disclosed. Mobius was venture backed by Foundation Capital, Menlo Ventures, and RPM Venture...

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Friday, January 8, 2010

Discera Gets $11M

San Jose-based Discera, a developer of MEMS clock and timing circuits, said Friday that it has raised $11M in its Series D financing round. The round came from Scale Venture Partners, Horizon Ventures, Ardesta, and new backer Lurie Investme...

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Wednesday, January 6, 2010

Innovalight Gets $18M

Santa Clara-based Innovalight, which is developing silicon ink-based printing technology for the photovoltaic solar cell market, said this morning that it has raised $18M in a Series D funding round. According to the company, the round was ...

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Monday, December 21, 2009

AMAT Completes Semitool Buy

Santa Clara-based Applied Materials has completed its acquisition of Semitool, a developer of electrochemical plating and wafer surface preparation equipment for the semiconductor industry, the firm said Monday. The deal was worth $11.00 in...

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Thursday, December 17, 2009

Atmel To Sell French Fab

San Jose-based semiconductor maker Atmel said Thursday that it is planning to sell its wafer fabrication operations in Rousset, France, as part of a deal with analog/mixed signal foundry LFoundry GMbh. Atmel said the sale is dependent on ap...

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Monday, December 14, 2009

California Micro Devices Acquired By ON Semiconductor

Milpitas-based California Micro Devices, a manufacturer of power protection ICs and components, has been acquired by ON Semiconductor, ON said today. ON said it is paying approximately $108M in cash, or $4.70 per share, for California Micro...

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Friday, December 11, 2009

Suvolta Scores $3M

Los Gatos-based Suvolta, a stealth-mode firm in the semiconductor space, has raised $3.0M in a funding round, according to a regulatory filing by the firm Thursday. According to the filing, the firm's board includes Bill Joy of Kleiner Perk...

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Wednesday, December 9, 2009

DisplayLink Lands $8M

Palo Alto-base dDisplayLink, a developer of semiconductors and software for transmitting graphics over USB, Wireless USB, and Ethernet connections, said today that it has landed $8M in venture capital and named a new CEO. The Series C fundi...

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Monday, December 7, 2009

Arteris Raises $9.7M

San Jose-based Arteris, a developer of systems-on-a-chip interconnect IP, has raised $9.7M in what the firm says is a strategic round. Arteris said it raised the funding from Qualcomm Incorporate and ARM, new investors in the firm, along wi...

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Monday, December 7, 2009

IXYS Buys Zilog For $62.4M

Milpitas-based IXYS, a maker of power semiconductors, said today that it has purchased San Jose-based Zilog, in a deal worth $62.4M. According to IXYS, it will pay $3.5858 per share in cash for Zilog, a maker of embedded microcontrollers an...

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Thursday, December 3, 2009

SiTune Sees Series B

San Jose-based SiTune, a developer of mixed signal, CMOS radio frequency (RF) circuits, said Thursday that it has secured a Series B round of funding. Amount of the funding was not disclosed. The round came from current investor Greenlane I...

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Tuesday, December 1, 2009

Aquantia Gets $44M More

Milpitas-based Aquantia, a developer of 10GBASE-T PHY semiconductors, announced today that it has gained a $44M committment for its Series D financing. According to Aquantia, it has received $35M of that funding, with ability to raise up to...

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Tuesday, December 1, 2009

Agilent Completes Buy of Keithley's RF Product Line

Santa Clara-based Agilent Technologies said this morning that it has completed its acquisition of the RF product line of Keithley Instruments. The two firms had announced the sale on November 19th. The deal was worth approximately $9M in ca...

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Monday, November 30, 2009

Kilopass Names Sales VP

Santa Clara-based Kilopass Technology., a developer of non-voltaic memory intellectual property for the semiconductor industry, announced this morning that it has named Juan Chapa as its Vice President of Worldwide Sales. Chapa joins the co...

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Monday, November 30, 2009

AMCC Renames Itself AppliedMicro

Sunnyvale-based Applied Micro Circuits Corporation, a developer of semiconductors, said this morning that it has renamed itself to AppliedMicro. The firm said the renaming reflects the company's drive into energy efficiency and "cost optimi...

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Monday, November 23, 2009

Telegent Systems Files For IPO

Sunnyvale-based Telegent Systems, a developer of RF, mixed-signal semiconductors, filed for an IPO late Friday, saying it is looking to raised up to $250M on the Nasdaq as TLG. The firm's IPo is being underwritten by Goldman, Sachs & Co., J...

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Thursday, November 19, 2009

Sequans Gains New Funding

4G semiconductor firm Sequans, a developer of LTE chips which is based in Paris but has U.S. operations in Cupertino, said Thursday that it has raised a new round of capital for the firm. Amount of the funding was not disclosed, however, th...

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Tuesday, November 17, 2009

Intel Capital Invests In Seven Firms

Intel Capital, Intel's venture capital arm, has invested $25M across seven new investment, Intel announced Tuesday afternoon. According to Intel, it invested in Joyent, Active Storage, Crucialtec, Gudeng Precision Industrial Co., ...

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Tuesday, November 17, 2009

Applied Materials Buys Semitool For $364M

Santa Clara-based Applied Materials reported this morning that it is acquiring a maker of electrochemical plating tools for the semiconductor industry, Semitool, in a deal worth $364M. Applied said it would pay $11 per share in cash in the ...

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Monday, November 16, 2009

Chelsio Connects With $17M

Sunnyvale-based Chelsio Communications, a developer of 10 Gigabit Ethernet semiconductors and adapters, announced this moring that it has raised another $17M in funding. The funding came from New Enterprise Associates, INVESCO Private Capit...

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Thursday, November 12, 2009

Intel Pays AMD $1.25 Billion To Settle Legal Disputes

Intel and Advanced Micro Devices said this morning that the two are in an agreement, where Intel will pay AMD $1.25 billion to settle all of the legal disputes between the firms. According to the two, AMD and Intel will cross license their ...

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Tuesday, November 10, 2009

Sandforce Gets $21M

Santa Clara-based Sandforce, a developer of processors used to develop solid state disks (SSDs), said Tuesday that it has raised $21M in a Series C funding round. The round was led by TransLink Capital, and also included UMC Capital, LSI Co...

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Thursday, November 5, 2009

Virage Logic Completes Buy of ARC International

Fremont-based Virage Logic said today that it has completed its acquisition of ARC International plc, a provider of microprocessor IP to the semiconductor industry. Virage said that ARC will become its own business unit, headed by Dr. Yanki...

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Monday, November 2, 2009

Link_A_Media Gets $18M More

Santa Clara-based Link_A_Media, a developer of systems-on-a-chip technology for the data storage industry, announced today that it has raised $18M in a Series C funding round. The round was led by Lightspeed Venture Partners, and also inclu...

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Thursday, October 22, 2009

Ensphere Solutions Gets $4M

Santa Clara-based Ensphere Solutions, a developer of semiconductors used for optical interfaces, said Thursday that it has raised $4M in funding. The funding came from Ideavelopers, an Egyptian investor. Ensphere's design center is based in...

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Friday, October 16, 2009

Tilera Gets $10M

San Jose-based Tilera, a developer of multicore processors, said late Thursday evening that Quanta Computers has invested $10M in the firm. According to Tilera, the investment came after Quanta selected its 64-core processors for its cloud ...

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Wednesday, October 14, 2009

ZeroG Wireless Signs Distributor

Sunnyvale-based ZeroG Wireless, a developer of low power, embedded Wi-Fi chips, said Tuesday that it has signed Future Electronics as a worldwide distributor of its products. The firms said that Future Electronics will distribute the full l...

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Tuesday, October 13, 2009

Cisco Buys Starent for $2.9 Billion

San Jose-based Cisco announced today that it will acquire Starent Networks, a developer of mobile infrastructure products, for $2.9 billion in cash. Cisco said it will pay $35 per share in cash for each share of Starent, which is based in T...

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Tuesday, October 13, 2009

Sigma Designs Buys CopperGate Communications

Milpitas-based Sigma Designs, a developer of semiconductors for media processors and the wireless industry, announced this morning that it is in a definitive acquisition agreement with Israeli semiconductor firm CopperGate Communications Lt...

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Monday, October 12, 2009

Atmel Names Euro VP

San Jose-based Atmel, a developer of microcontroller and other semiconductors, said today that it has named Joerg Strughold as its Vice President of European Sales. Strughold joins the firm from Qimonda, and has also served at Infineon, Sie...

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Monday, October 5, 2009

Trident Microsystems Buys NXP's Television and Set-Top Box Businesses

Santa Clara-based Trident Microsystems is in a deal to buy NXP Semiconductors' television systems and set-top box businesses, the firms announced today. The two said that NXP will receive approximately 6.7 million shares of shares in Triden...

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Tuesday, September 29, 2009

Forte Design Systems Buys Arithmatica

San Jose-based Forte Design Systems said yesterday that it has acquired Arithmatica Ltd., a provider of synthesis tools based in the United Kingdom. Financial terms of the buy were not disclosed. Arithmatica's flagship product is CellMath D...

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Monday, September 14, 2009

DisplayLink Raises $8M

Palo Alto-based DisplayLink, a developer of technology for supporting multiple displays, has raised $8M in a funding round, according to a regulatory filing from the firm last week. Participants in the new funding were not disclosed, howeve...

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Monday, September 14, 2009

Ikanos Snags CTO From Tallwood

Fremont-based Ikanos Communications, a publicly held provider of semiconductors, including VSDL2/ADSL and network processing chips, said Monday that it has hired on Debajyoti "Debu" Pal as its Senior Vice President and Chief Technology Offi...

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Monday, September 14, 2009

Ozmo Devices Gets $7.5M

Palo Alto-based Ozmo Devices said today that it has raised $7.5M in a Series C investment round. The round came from Granite Ventures, Intel Capital, and Tallwood Venture Capital. All are prior investors in the firm. Ozmo Devices develops c...

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Thursday, September 10, 2009

GainSpan Gets Funding From In-Q-Tel

Los Gatos-based GainSpan, a spinout of Intel, said today that it has scored a strategic investment from In-Q-Tel, the CIA's venture capital arm. Amount of the funding was not disclosed. According to GainSpan, the strategic investment and te...

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Wednesday, September 9, 2009

Apache Design Solutions Buys Sequence Design

San Jose-based Apache Design Solutions reported Tuesday afternoon that it has acquired the assets, intellectual property, and foreign subsidiaries of Sequence Design, a developer of electronic design automation (EDA) software. Financial ter...

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Thursday, September 3, 2009

TriAccess Technologies Acquired By TriQuint

Santa Rosa-based TriAccess Technologies, a developer of semiconductors for the cable TV and fiber-to-the-premise (FTTP) market, has been acquired by TriQuint. TriQuint announced the deal late Thursday, but did not disclose financial detail ...

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Friday, August 28, 2009

Synfora Buys Software Product Line

Mountain View-based Synfora, a developer of electronic design automation tools, said Thursday that it has acquired Esterel Studio, a tool suite developed by Esteral EDA Technologies. Financial terms of the buy were not disclosed. Esterel St...

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Monday, August 24, 2009

Ikanos Communications Completes Buy Of Conexant's Broadband Access Line

Fremont-based Ikanos Communications said Monday afternoon that it has completed its acquisition of Conexant's Broadband Access product line. The acquisition was originally announced in April. The deal was worth $54M, and was funded via $42M...

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Tuesday, August 18, 2009

Analogix Finds $10M

Santa Clara-based Analogix Semiconductor, which develops HDMI transmitter semiconductors, Displayport chips, and other related analog and mixed signal, multimedia products, said today that it has raised $10M in a Series B-3 venture capital ...

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Friday, August 14, 2009

Aviza Technology Sells Assets To Sumitomo

Scotts Valley-based Aviza Technology, a developer of semiconductor equipment, announced late Thursday that the firm has entered into a definitive agreement to sell certain of its assets to Sumitomo Precision Products Co., Ltd. Aviza said th...

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Monday, August 10, 2009

Amalfi Semiconductor Raises $24M

Los Gatos-based Amalfi Semiconductor, which develops CMOS radio and mixed-signal semiconductors, announced today that it has raised $24M in a Series C funding round. The round was led by Battery Ventures, and also included DCM, Globespan Ca...

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Friday, August 7, 2009

IDT Taps TSMC To Go Fabless

San Jose-based mixed signal semiconductor manufacturer IDT reported Thursday that the firm is shutting its manufacturing operations in Oregon, and will instead use TSMC for its fab work. The firm said the move will move the company from a "...

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Tuesday, August 4, 2009

Intersil Buys Quellan

Milpitas-based Intersil announced Tuesday afternoon that it is in a definitive agreement to acquire Santa Clara-based Quellan, a developer of high performance, analog signal processing ICs. Financial terms of the buy were not disclosed. Que...

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Wednesday, July 29, 2009

Powervation Scores $10M

Palo Alto-based Powervation, which develops integrated circuits used for power conversion, announced Wednesday that it has raised $10M in additional funding. The funding came from SEP, Intel Capital, Venture Tech Alliance and Fourth Level V...

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Monday, July 27, 2009

Santur Takes $13M

Fremont-based Santur, a developer of tunable photonic devices, announced today that it has raised $13M in a funding round. The firm said the funding came from existing investors, including Menlo Ventures, Sequoia Capital, VantagePoint Ventu...

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Monday, July 27, 2009

Quantenna Adds Swisscom To Series C

Fremont-based Quantenna Communications, which is developing semiconductors focused on wireless high definition video networking, said today that it has added Swisscom to its Series C funding round. The firm said the new funding brings the c...

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Friday, July 24, 2009

GTronix Raises $5.5M

Fremont-based GTronix, a developer of chips for sensor processing, has raised $5.5M out of an ongoing, $7M Series D fundraising effort, according to regulatory filings from the firm this week. The firm is backed by Jafco Ventures and Menlo...

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Tuesday, July 14, 2009

AMIMON Snags $10M

AMIMON, a developer of wireless chipsets used for delivering HD video to HDTVs and other home electronics with U.S. headquarters in Santa Clara, said Tuesday that it has raised $10M in a Series D funding round. The round was led by Stata Ve...

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Friday, July 10, 2009

Electroglas Files For Chapter 11 Bankruptcy

San Jose-based Electroglas, a supplier of wafer probes and related software for the semiconductor industry, said late Friday that it has filed a voluntary petition for Chapter 11 bankruptcy. The firm said the move came as the firm has been ...

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Monday, July 6, 2009

IDT Hires VP

San Jose-based Integrated Device Technology, a provider of mixed signal semiconductors, reported this morning that it has hired on Mansour Izadinia as the firm's Vice President of Analog Technology and Strategy. Izadinia joins the firm from...

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Monday, June 29, 2009

Cypress Hires India Head

Mixed-signal integrated circuit manufacturer Cypress Semiconductor announced Monday that it has hired Rajeev Mehtani as senior vice president of India operations. The San Jose-based company said Mehtani will supervise its Cypress India bus...

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Wednesday, June 24, 2009

Exar Names New CFO

Exar Corp., a manufacturer of communications and power ICs, reported Tuesday that it has promoted Kevin S. Bauer to vice president and chief financial officer, effective immediately. Bauer, the Fremont-based firm explained, succeeds J. Scot...

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Tuesday, June 23, 2009

Tensilica Gets Strategic Investment

Santa Clara-based Tensilica disclosed Monday that the firm has received a strategic investment from DOCOMO Capital. Financial terms of the funding were not announced. DOCOMO Capital is the venture capital arm of Japanese wireless carrier NT...

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Thursday, June 18, 2009

Exar Buys Galazar Networks

Fremont-based Exar disclosed this morning that it has completed its acquisition of fabless semiconductor firm Galazar Networks, a developer of silicon focused on packet-based telecom infrastructure. According to Exar, Galazar Networks will ...

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Thursday, June 11, 2009

IDT Buys Technology From Leadis

San Jose-based mixed-signal semiconductor manufacturer Integrated Device Technology announced this morning that it has acquired Leadis Technology Inc.'s touch sensor technology assets. Financial terms of the deal, which IDT said closed Wedn...

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Wednesday, June 10, 2009

Cadence Lops 225

San Jose-based Cadence Design Systems, a provider of electronic design automation software, said alte Wednesday that the firm is cutting 225 full time employees, or 5 percent of its employee base. According to the firm, the restructuring co...

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Wednesday, June 10, 2009

Sequans Hires VP

Cupertino-based WiMAX chipmaker Sequans Communications reported Tuesday that it has hired Craig Miller as vice president of marketing and business development. Sequans was vice president of product management and marketing at NextWave Wirel...

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Tuesday, June 9, 2009

Silicon Clocks Raises $10.3M

Fremont-based Silicon Clocks, a developer of mixed-signal ICs for electronic timing, disclosed today that it has completed a $10.3M funding round. The Series C funding came from prior investors, including Tallwood Venture Capital, Charles ...

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Monday, June 8, 2009

MoSys Buys Prism Circuits

Sunnyvale-based MoSys, a provider of systems-on-a-chip (SoC) technology, said over the weekend that it has acquired Santa Clara-based Prism Circuits. MoSys said it will pay $13.5M for Prism Circuits, in addition to approximately $6.5M in ea...

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Wednesday, June 3, 2009

Oclaro, Newport Swap Divisions

San Jose-based Oclaro said Wednesday that it is swapping a business division with Newport Corporation. Oclaro said that Newport will acquire Oclaro's New Focus business, part of Oclaro's Advanced Photonics Solutions division, in exchange fo...

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Monday, June 1, 2009

NetLogic Acquires RMI

Mountain View-based NetLogic Microsystems and Cupertino-based RMI Corporation announced Monday that the two firms are in a definitive agreement to merge. NetLogic, which develops microprocessors and other high speed integrated circuits, sai...

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Thursday, May 28, 2009

Tilera Ties With Israeli Sales Firm

San Jose-based Tilera, a developer of multicore processors focused on the networking, multimedia, and wireless industry, disclosed Thursday that it has inked a deal with israeli technical sales firm EMY-Tech Ltd. Tilera said the EMY-Tech wi...

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Wednesday, May 27, 2009

Tessera Closes Dblur Asset Acquisition

San Jose-based embedded imaging and optical devices manufacturer Tessera Technologies announced Wednesday that it has concluded its acquisition of certain assets of Dblur Technologies Ltd. Terms of the transaction, which was originally made...

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Tuesday, May 19, 2009

Unity Semiconductor Gets $22M

Sunnyvale-based Unity Semiconductor, a developer of semiconductor technology aimed at the solid state data storage market, announced Tuesday that it has raised $22M in a Series C funding round. The firm said the financing came from August C...

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Friday, May 15, 2009

Trident Microsystems Buys Product Lines From Micronas

Santa Clara-based Trident Microsystems, a developer of semiconductors for the digital TV market, said late Thursday that it has acquired three product lines from MIcronas Semiconductor Holdings AG. Trident said that it has acquired the asee...

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Wednesday, May 13, 2009

Intel Fined $1.45 Billion By EU

The European Commission said today that it will fine Intel $1.06 billion euros ($1.45B US) over what the commission called illegal practices. The commission said that Intel breached EU antitrust laws by giving hidden rebates to computer man...

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Friday, May 8, 2009

MIPS Sells Analog Business To Synopsys

Mountain View-based MIPS Technologies and Synopsys, also in Mountain View, said this morning that MIPS has sold its Analog Business Group to Synopsys for $22M in cash. According to the MIPS, the divestiture will allow it to focus on its cor...

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Wednesday, May 6, 2009

SVTC Technologies Gets $34M

San Jose-based SVTC Technologies, a provider of development and commercialization services for the semiconductor industry, said Wednesday that the firm has raised $34M in a funding round from existing investors Oak Hill Capital Partners and...

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Thursday, April 30, 2009

Endwave Sells Defense and Security Unit

San Jose-based Endwave, a developer of RF modules, has sold its defense and security unit to Microsemi. According to Microsemi, it is paying $28M in cash plus will assume specific liabilities for Endwave's defense & Security business, which...

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Wednesday, April 29, 2009

Quantenna Communications Receives $13.85M

Fremont-based Quantenna Communications, a developer of wireless chipsets focused on the home networking market, said today that it has raised $13.85M in a Series C funding round. According to the firm, the round was led by Southern Cross Ve...

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Monday, April 27, 2009

Integrated Silicon Solution Acquires Enable Semiconductor

San Jose-based Integrated Silicon Solution, Inc., a maker of SRAM and DRAM memory, said Monday afternoon that the firm has acquired Taiwan- and Korea-based Enable Semiconductor Corporation. The deal was worth $3.5M plus potential earnout. E...

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Monday, April 27, 2009

IDT Looks To Acquire Tundra Semiconductor

San Jose-based Integrated Device Technology said Monday that the firm is looking to acquire Tundra Semiconductor Corporation, a developer of system interconnect semiconductors, in a deal worth CDN$120.8M. IDT said that its offer is a 12% pr...

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Wednesday, April 22, 2009

Ikanos Buys Product Line From Conexant, Gains Investment

Fremont-based Ikanos Communications, a manufacturer of broadband semiconductors, said today that it is in a definitive agreement to acquire a line of broadband access products from Conexant Systems. Ikanos said it would pay $54M for the bus...

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Monday, April 20, 2009

Asyst Files For Bankruptcy

Fremont-based Asyst Technologies, a publicly held provider of products for the semiconductor manufacturing industry, said Monday that the firm is filing for Chaper 11 bankruptcy. According to Asyst, the filing came as a result of the global...

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Wednesday, April 8, 2009

WRS Materials Buys Semiconductor Firm, Gains Funding

San Jose-based WRS Materials, a supplier of silicon wafers, said this morning that it has acquired Vancouver, Washington-based Isonics Semiconductor Group. Financial terms of the acquisition were not disclosed. WRS said that in conjunction...

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Thursday, April 2, 2009

JDSU Names Division President

Milpitas-based JDS Uniphase Corp. reported Wednesday that it has removed the interim tag from Dave Holly's title as president of JDSU's Communications Test & Measurement business unit. The Milpitas-based communications testing equipment man...

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Wednesday, April 1, 2009

D2S Gets $9M

Direct2Silicon (D2S), a maker of semiconductor design and production software, announced Wednesday that it has wrapped up a second round of venture financing in excess of $9 million. The San Jose, Calif.-based firm credited existing investo...

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Monday, March 30, 2009

KLA-Tencor Lops Another 10 Percent

Milpitas-based KLA-Tencor, a supplier of equipment for the semiconductor industry, said Monday that it will reduce its workforce by approximately 10 percent more. The firm, which made cuts in November, said the further cuts were a response ...

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Thursday, March 26, 2009

Fairchild Shuts Fabs

San Jose-based Fairchild Semiconductor is reporting today that the firm will close down two of its wafer fabrication plants, as it looks to streamline and consolidate its wafer manufacturing. According to Fairchild, it will shut its Mountai...

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Wednesday, March 25, 2009

Audience Gathers $15M More

Mountain View-based Audience, a developer of voice processors for the handset market, said this morning that it has raised $15M in a Series D funding. The new funding came from existin investors, which include New Enterprise Associates, Tal...

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Friday, March 20, 2009

National Semiconductor Buys Act Solar

Santa Clara-based National Semiconductor said Thursday that it has acquired Santa Clara-based Act Solar, a developer of products used to enhance the efficiency of solar power arrays. Financial terms of the acquisition were not disclosed. Ac...

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Wednesday, March 11, 2009

4DS Gets Equity Investment

Fremont-based 4DS. a developer of non-voltaile semiconductor memory, said Tuesday that it has raised an undisclosed amount of equity financing. According to 4DS, the funding came from Poly Plant Project, Inc., a provider of advanced process...

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Monday, March 2, 2009

AMD Names Claflin Chairman, Adds Mubadala COO To Board

Sunnyvale-based AMD said late Monday that it has added Bruce Claflin to the firm's board of directors, and appointed Waleed Al Mokarrab, COO of Mubadala Development Company, to its board of directors. Mubadala is the investment firm which r...

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Monday, March 2, 2009

Aquantia Names New President, CEO

Aquantia Corp., a manufacturer of 10GBASE-T networking semioonductors, reported Monday that it has hired Faraj Aalaei as president and chief executive officer. The Milpitas, Calif.-based company said Aalaei was appointed by its board of dir...

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Monday, March 2, 2009

Spansion Files Chapter 11

Sunnyvale-based Spansion, a developer of flash memory products, said Sunday that it has filed for Chapter 11 bankruptcy protection. Spansion--which just laid off 3000 employees on Wednesday--said the move is part of a strategy to "strengthe...

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Thursday, February 26, 2009

LTX-Credence Gets $40M In LOC

Milpitas-based LTX-Credence, a provider of automated test equipment for the semiconductor industry, said Thursday that the firm has scored a 2 year, $40M revolving line of credit from Silicon Valley Bank. Terms of the line of credit were no...

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Wednesday, February 25, 2009

Spansion Whacks 3000

Sunnyvale-based Spansion, a maker of flash memory products, said late Tuesday that it has cut 3,000 employees, or 35 percent of its workforce. According to Spansion, the moves were made due to "current market conditions." The cuts come shor...

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Monday, February 23, 2009

Exar Buys Hifn

Fremont-based Exar is buying Los Gatos-based Hifn, a developer of networking and security processors and cards, Exar said today. According to the firms, Exar will acquire all of the outstanding shares of Hifn's common stock, for either 0.35...

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Wednesday, February 18, 2009

Jasper Design Automation Takes $7M

Mountain View-based Jasper Design Automation, a maker of EDA software used for design automation in semiconductor design, said this morning that it has raised $7M in a Series D funding round. The round was led by ZenShin Capital, and also i...

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Wednesday, February 11, 2009

Report: Worldwide PC Microprocessor Market Plunges

Bad news for the microprocessor industry: industry analyst IDC is reporting this morning that worldwide PC microprocessor shipments saw a "precipitous decline" in Q4 of 2008, and things are expected to get worse through the first half of th...

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Tuesday, February 10, 2009

SiRF, CSR Merge

San Jose-based SiRF Technology Holdings, a developer of GPS-based semiconductors, and CSR, a developer of Bluetooth chips, said today that the firms are merging in a stock-for-stock transaction. According to the firms, the deal is worth app...

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Thursday, February 5, 2009

Electroglas Hires Investment Bank

San Jose-based Electroglas, a manufacturer of wafer probes and software for the semiconductor industry, has hired on a investment banker to look at "strategic options", the firm said this week. According to Electroglas, it has hired on Need...

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Wednesday, February 4, 2009

ALLVIA Gets $5M

Sunnyvale-based ALLVIA, a developer of vertical chip interconnection technology, said Wednesday afternoon that the firm has raised $5M in a round of funding. According to the firm, the new funding brings the total invested in the company to...

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Tuesday, February 3, 2009

Wavesat Expands Funding

Sunnyvale-based Wavesat, a manufacturer of broadband semiconductors for the wireless industry, is reporting today that it has raised around $9.5M in funding ($11.7M CAD) for the firm. The funding came from existing investors BDR Capital, BD...

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Friday, January 30, 2009

AMCC CEO Sets Departure Plans

Sunnyvale-based AMCC, a developer of mixed signal processors, said Thursday afternoon that its CEO and President, Kambiz Hooshmand, is planning to step down in June. According to the firm, Hooshmand will be replaced by Dr. Paramesh Gopi, th...

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Wednesday, January 28, 2009

Novafora Completes Transmeta Buy

San Jose-based Novafora said today that it has completed its acquisition of Transmeta Corporation. The deal, which was originally announced on November 17th, was worth $255.6M in cash. Novafora said it would apply Transmeta's power manageme...

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Tuesday, January 27, 2009

Leadis Sells Display Driver Business

Sunnyvale-based Leadis Technology said Monday that it has sold its display driver business to AsTEK, Inc., in a deal worth $3.5M in cash plus $0.5M in assumed liabilities. Leadis, which develops analog and mixed signal semiconductors, said ...

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Monday, January 26, 2009

SpectraLinear Gains $10M

Santa Clara-based SpectraLinear said Monday that the firm has raised $10M in a Series C financing round. The firm, which develops timing ICs, said the funding was led by Horizon Ventures, and included prior investors InterWest Partners, Nor...

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Monday, January 26, 2009

Stretch Reaches For $15M

Sunnyvale-based Stretch, which develops configurable processors, disclosed this morning that it has raised an additional $15M in a Series B funding. The new round was co-led existing investors Worldview Technology Partners, Oak Investment P...

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Wednesday, January 21, 2009

Intel To Axe 5000-6000 Jobs, Shuts Plants

Santa Clara-based microprocessor maker Intel is the latest high tech company to take an axe to its employee base, saying Wednesday afternoon that it will close a number of its manufacturing failicites, which will affect between 5,000 and 6,...

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Tuesday, January 20, 2009

AMD Sells Off Handheld Business

Sunnyvale-based AMD has sold off its handheld business to Qualcomm, Qualcomm said today, in a deal worth $65M in cash. According to Qualcomm, it acquired certain graphics and multimedia technology assets, intellectual property, and resource...

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Thursday, January 15, 2009

Spansion Looks For Buyer

Sunnyvale-based Spansion, a manufacturer of flash memory products, said today that it has hired on an investment banker and is looking to merge or sell itself to another company. The firm said it has been "exploring strategic alternatives" ...

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Tuesday, January 13, 2009

Maxim Founder Dies

Sunnyvale-based Maxim Integrated Products said Monday that the firm's founder and former CEO, Jack Gifford, passed away Sunday evening. Gifford founded Maxim in 1983, and had previously worked at Intersil, Advanced Micro Devices, and Fairch...

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Tuesday, January 13, 2009

FormFactor Chops 22 Percent Of Staff

Livermore-based FormFactor, which makes advanced wafer probe cards used for semiconductor testing, said Tuesday afternoon that the firm will reduce its workforce by 22 percent. According to the firm, the move is due to "extraordinary times"...

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Monday, January 5, 2009

Intel Backs Mirics

Intel Capital is among the venture investors re-investing in Mirics Semiconductor, a UK-based firm developing semiconductors for the RF market, Mirics said Monday. Mirics announced that it has raised $7M in funding, from Acacia Capital Part...

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Friday, January 2, 2009

Atmel Sells German Operations

San Jose-based Atmel said earlier this week that it has completed its sale of its Heilbronn, Germany wafer fabrication operations. Atmel said it sold the operations to Tejas Silicon Holdings (UK) Limited, including the transfer of 260 Atmel...

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Monday, December 22, 2008

Provigent Raises $10M

Santa Clara-based Provigent, which develops systems-on-a-chip for the broadband wireless market, announced Monday that it has raised $10M in a fifth round of funding. The round was led by Lightspeed Venture Partners with the entire round. P...

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Thursday, December 18, 2008

Sigma Designs Acquires Zensys

Sigma Designs Inc., a manufacturer of semiconductors for the consumer electronics industry, announced Thursday that it has agreed to acquire a wireless start-up, Zensys Holdings Corp. Financial terms of the transaction were not disclosed. H...

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Thursday, December 18, 2008

PLX Technology Acquires Oxford Semiconductor

Sunnyvale-based PLX Technology said earlier this week that it has acquired Milpitas-based Oxford Semiconductor, a provider of semiconductors for the storage market. PLX said it will pay 5,600,000 shares of its common stock, and a promissory...

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Thursday, December 18, 2008

Intersil Buys Zilker Labs

Milpitas-based Intersil said Thursday that it has signed a definitive agreement to acquire Zilker Labs, a developer of semiconductors for the mixed-signal power conversion market. Inersil did not disclose financial terms of the buy, however...

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Wednesday, December 17, 2008

Pixim Gains $13M

Mountain View-based Pixim, which develops image sensors and processors, said Wednesday that it has raised $13M in an additional venture capital round. The round came from Mayfield Fund, Ridgewood Capital, and Tallwood Venture Capital, all e...

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Tuesday, December 16, 2008

ZeroG Wireless Bolsters Exec Team

Sunnyvale-based ZeroG Wireless, which develops low-power, Wi-Fi chips, said Monday that it has hired on a number of executives. ZeroG said that it has added Goran Andersson as VP of Sales, North America and Europe; Tim Colleran as VP of Mar...

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Tuesday, December 16, 2008

LogicVision Rejects Virage Logic Offer

San Jose-based LogicVision said this morning that it has reviewed the unsolicited acquisition proposal it received earlier this month from Virage Logic, and has rejected it because it believes the offer is "inadequate and not in thhe best i...

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Monday, December 15, 2008

Tela Innovations Scores $5.5M

San Jose-based Tela Innovations, which develops design-for-manufacturing (DFM) software for the semiconductor industry, said this morning that it has raised $5.5M in a new round of financing. The round came from Cadence Design Systems, KT V...

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Friday, December 12, 2008

Fairchild Semiconductor Lops 1,100

San Jose-based analog semiconductor maker Fairchild Semiconductor announced Friday that it is laying off approximately 1,100 people at the firm, or 12 percent of its staff, as part of a company wide restructuring. According to the firm, the...

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Wednesday, December 10, 2008

Mattson Cuts 20 Percent Of Staff

Fremont-based Mattson Technology, a supplier of semiconductor wafer processing equipment, said Tuesday that the firm is "streamlining" its organization and making cost reductions, due to weakness in the current business environment. Accordi...

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Monday, December 8, 2008

AMD Alters Investment Deal

Sunnyvale-based AMD said this morning that it has altered its investment deal with Mubadala Development Company. According to AMD, Mubadala will still purchase 58 million shares of its common stock as part of a joint venture, "The Foundry C...

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Thursday, December 4, 2008

PureWave Networks Captures $12M

Mountain View-based PureWave Networks, which is developing 4G wireless base stations, said Thursday afternoon that the firm has raised $12M in a Series B funding round. The firm said the funding came from ATA Ventures and Leapfrog Ventures,...

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Thursday, December 4, 2008

Virage Logic Makes Bid For LogicVision

Fremont-based Virage Logic said Wednesday that it is looking to acquire San Jose-based LogicVision for $1.05 per share in cash. The deal is worth approximately $10M. Virage Logic said it made the unsolicited bid, after LogicVision rejected ...

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Wednesday, December 3, 2008

Intersil Cuts 9 Percent of Staff, Reduces Outlook

Milpitas-based Intersil, a manufacturer of analog semiconductors, said Wednesday that it has made a 9 percent "reduction in force," as part of a strict control of its operating expenses and a downward revision in its quarterly revenue. Acco...

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Wednesday, December 3, 2008

Synopsys Buys CHIPit

Mountain View-based Synopsys said earlier this week that it has signed definitive agreement to acquire the CHIPit business unit of ProDesign, a developer of ASIC and systems-on-a-chip verification systems. Financial terms of the acquisition...

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Monday, December 1, 2008

Semiconductor Sales Drop In October

The Semiconductor Industry Association (SIA) is reporting that worldwide semiconductor sales declined by 2.4 percent in October, down to $22.5 billion versus $23.0 billion in the prior year. According to the group, the slowdown in October f...

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Monday, December 1, 2008

SiBEAM Scores Strategics

Sunnyvale-based SiBEAM, a developer of millimeter wave wireless chipsets, announced this morning that it has scored a strategic investment from Panasonic and Samsung. Financial terms of the funding were not disclosed. According to SiBEAM, t...

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Thursday, November 20, 2008

Artimi Merges With Staccato As UWB Shakeout Continues

Santa Clara-based ultra-wideband semiconductor firm Artimi has merged with a fellow UWB manufacturer, Staccato Communications, and pulled in $20M in new financing. According to Staccato, it has completed a merger with Artimi, which develop...

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Wednesday, November 19, 2008

Quantance Scores $12M In Series B

San Mateo-based Quantance, a developer of semiconductors for the wireless market, said today it has raised $12M in a Series B funding. The new funding round came from TD Fund, DOCOMO Capital, Granite Ventures, and InterWest Partners. TD Fun...

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Wednesday, November 19, 2008

Transmeta Acquired By Novafora

Santa Clara-based Transmeta Corporation, a developer of microprocessor technology, and Novafora, Inc. said Monday that they have signed a definitive agreement for Transmeta to be acquired by Novafora. The deal was worth $255.6M in cash. Nov...

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Tuesday, November 18, 2008

KLA Tencor Chops 15 Percent

Milpitas-based KLA Tencor said this afternoon that it has cut 15 percent of its staff, in an effort to lower the company's quarterly operating expense run rate. According to the firm, it will make the cuts by June 30, 2009. Number of employ...

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Tuesday, November 18, 2008

ON Semiconductor Withdraws Atmel Acquisition Offer

ON Semiconductor, one part of the hostile bid for San Jose-based chip maker Atmel, said Tuesday that it has withdrawn from a joint proposal with Microchip Technology to acquire Atmel. ON Semiconductor blamed "unforseen deterioration in the ...

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Tuesday, November 18, 2008

ON Semiconductor Withdraws Atmel Acquisition Offer

ON Semiconductor, one part of the hostile bid for San Jose-based chip maker Atmel, said Tuesday that it has withdrawn from a joint proposal with Microchip Technology to acquire Atmel. ON Semiconductor blamed "unforseen deterioration in the ...

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Friday, November 14, 2008

National Semiconductor Slashes 330

Santa Clara-based National Semiconductor, a manufacturer of mixed signal and analog ICs, joined the Silicon Valley layoff train Thursday, saying it will cut 330 positions at the firm, as a result of an "uncertain business climate." The firm...

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Wednesday, November 5, 2008

Intersil Axes 9 Percent Of Staff

Milpitas-based Intersil is the latest firm to sharpen the axe, saying Wednesday that it will cut 9 percent of its global workforce due to current economic conditions. Intersil said the move was made to lower the firm's current and future op...

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Thursday, October 30, 2008

Atmel Rejects Acquisition Bid

San Jose-based Atmel said late Wednesday that the firm's board of directors has rejected an unsolicited bid from Microchip Technology and ON Semiconductor for the company. According to the firm, the offer is "inadequate in multiple respects...

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Monday, October 27, 2008

ZeroG Wireless Adds $17M

Sunnyvale-based ZeroG Wireless, which is developing low power Wi-Fi semiconductors, said today that it has raised $17M in a Series B funding round. The round was led by Battery Ventures, and included prior investors Morgenthaler Ventures an...

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Wednesday, October 22, 2008

Silicon Hive Finds $7M

Silicon Hive, a developer of processor cores for the systems-on-a-chip market, said Wednesday that it has raised $7M in a new round of venture funding led by Intel Capital. Prior investors New Venture Partners and TVM Capital also participa...

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Wednesday, October 22, 2008

SiliconBlue Gets $24M For FPGAs

Sunnyvale-based SiliconBlue said today that it has raised $24M in a Series B funding round. The firm, which is developing ultra-low powered FPGAs specifically for use in mobile phones and other mobile products, said the round was led by New...

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Tuesday, October 21, 2008

Silicon Optix Acquired By IDT

San Jose-based Silicon Optix, a provider of video processing semiconductors for HD video, has been acquired by IDT. San Jose, California-based IDT did not disclose financial terms of the deal. According to IDT, it plans to operate the resul...

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Monday, October 20, 2008

Agilent Gets $45M Army Contract

Santa Clara-based Agilent said Monday that its wholly owned subsidiary, NetworkFab, has been awarded a $5M, five year SBIR contract from the U.S. Army. According to Agilent, the contract will go towards technology used for the search, ident...

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Wednesday, October 15, 2008

Achronix Scores $52M For FPGA Efforts

San Jose-based Achronix Semiconductor said this morning that it has received a first close on a $52M Series B financing round. According to Achronix Semiconductor, it has received $43M of a $52M round, led by Argonaught Private Equity. Exis...

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Tuesday, October 14, 2008

Maxim Buys Mobilygen

Sunnyvale-based Maxim Integrated Products said late Tuesday that it has entered into a definitive agreement to acquire Mobilygen, a provider of H.264 video compression semiconductors. Financial terms of the deal were not disclosed. H.264 co...

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Friday, October 10, 2008

Catalyst Semiconductor Acquisition Completes

Santa Clara-based Catalyst Semiconductor is now officially a part of ON Semiconductor, after the acquisition of Catalyst by ON Semiconductor completed today. ON Semiconductor said Catalyst stockholders received 0.706 shares of its common st...

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Wednesday, October 8, 2008

Intoto Acquisition Completes

Santa Clara-based Intoto is now officially part of Freescale, Freescale said Wednesday afternoon, after completes its acquisition of the software maker. Freescale annoucned it would buy Intoto, which has operations in Santa Clara, Hyderabad...

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Tuesday, October 7, 2008

AMD Spins Off Foundry Business

Sunnyvale-based AMD said this morning that the firm will split the company in two, and create a new company called The Foundry Group, which will focus on semiconductor manufacturing. AMD said the new firm, which will be funded by the Advanc...

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Thursday, October 2, 2008

Atmel Gets Hostile Bid From Microchip, ON Semiconductor

San Jose-based Atmel Corporation, a maker of semiconductors, has been handed a $2.3 billion dollar offer from the company. According to Microchip Technology and ON Semiconductor, they are offering to buy Atmel for $5.00 per share in cash, a...

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Wednesday, October 1, 2008

KLA-Tencor Completes Acquisition of Vistec Unit

Milpitas-based KLA-Tencor Corporation has completed its acquisition of the Microelectronic Inspection Equipment (MIE) business unit of Vistec Semiconductor Systems, the firm said Wednesday. Financial terms of the acquisition were not disclo...

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Wednesday, October 1, 2008

Intersil Buys Kenet

Milpitas-based Intersil, a manufacturer of analog semiconductors, said Tuesday that it has signed a definitive agreement to acquire Kenet, Incorporated, a fabless semiconductor firm that develops high speed, low power data converters. Finan...

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Thursday, September 25, 2008

Transmeta Looks For Buyer

Santa Clara-based Transmeta said Wednesday that it has hired an investment bank, it is looking for a buyer for the firm. The publicly traded firm said that it has initiated a process to seek a potential sale of the company, with assistance ...

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Wednesday, September 24, 2008

NeoMagic Shuts Down

Santa Clara-based NeoMagic, a publicly traded maker of multimedia and graphics processors, has shut down. According to NeoMagic, the firm has ceased efforts to raise additional capital, and as a result is shutting down the firm. NeogMagic s...

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Tuesday, September 16, 2008

Intoto Acquired By Freescale

Santa Clara-based Intoto, a developer of embedded software for the networking and communications equipment market, has been acquired by Freescale. Terms of the agreement were not disclosed. Freescale said that it will incorporate Intoto's t...

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Thursday, September 11, 2008

QP Semiconductor Acquired By e2v technologies

Privately-held QP Semiconductor, a provider of ICs for the military and aerospace market, has been acquired by e2v technologies, a manufacturer and developer of electronics components and sub-systems. Financial terms were not disclosed. San...

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Wednesday, September 10, 2008

Nusym Technology Raises $8M

Los Gatos-based Nusym Technology, which is developing functional verification software for the semiconductor industry, said today that it has raised $8M in a new Series B financing. According to Nusym, the round was led by Voyager Capital, ...

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Friday, August 29, 2008

KLA-Tencor Loses COO, Gains CFO

Milipitas-based KLA-Tencor, which develops process control equipment for the semiconductor industry, said Thursday that its President and COO, John Kispert, is leaving the company at the end of the year, and that it has hired on Mark P. De...

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Thursday, August 28, 2008

Adaptec Buys Aristos Logic

Milpitas-based data hardware products firm Adaptec has acquired a developer of RAID ASICs, Aristos Logic, the firm said today. Adaptec said it will pay approximately $41.0M in cash for Aristos Logic, which is headquartered in Foothill Ranch...

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Monday, August 25, 2008

AMD Sells Digital TV Business

AMD said today that it has sold its digital TV business to semiconductor firm Broadcom. According to Broadcom, it will pay approximately $192.8M in cash in exchange for AMD's digital TV business, and will also hire around 530 employeed of A...

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Monday, August 18, 2008

Cadence Drops $1.5B Offer To Mentor Graphics

San Jose-based Cadence Design Systems Inc., a developer of semiconductor design software, has withdrawn its $1.5 billion offer to purchase Oregon-based competitor Mentor Graphics Corp. According to Cadence in a press release Friday, the fir...

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Thursday, August 7, 2008

SliceX Raises $15M

San Jose-based SliceX said Thursday that it has raised $15M in a funding round for the firm's high performance, analog mixed signal products. The firm said the round was led by Crosslink Capital, and also included Global Catalyst Partners a...

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Monday, August 4, 2008

Cypress Semiconductor Buys NVRAM Firm

San Jose-based Cypress Semiconductor said Friday that it has acquired Simtek, a Colorado-based manufacturer of nonvolatile static random access memory. The deal was worth $2.60 per share in cash for each share of Simtek common stock, worth ...

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Monday, August 4, 2008

Plastic Logic Raises $50M

Mountain View- and Cambridge, UK-based Plastic Logic, which develops plastic electronics targeted at flexible, thin displays, said today that it has raised $50M in a new equity financing round. The round was led by Oak Investment Partners a...

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Monday, July 28, 2008

Intersil Acquires D2Audio

Milpitas-based Intersil Corporation said Monday afternoon that it has acquired a maker of digital amplifier ICs, D2Audio. Financial terms of the deal were not disclosed. D2Audio, which is based in Austin, Texas, develops digital audio power...

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Thursday, July 17, 2008

Catalyst Semiconductor Acquired By ON Semiconductor

Santa Clara-based Catalyst Semiconductor has been acquired by Arizona-based ON Semiconductor Corporation, in a deal worth approximately $115M. According to the firms, they are in a definitive merger agreement where shareholders of Catalyst ...

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Wednesday, July 16, 2008

Cavium Networks Acquires Star Semiconductor

Mountain View-based semiconductor provider Cavium Networks said Wednesday that it has acquired certain assets and the business of Taiwan-based Star Semiconductor Corporation. The deal is worth approximately $9M in cash. Star Semiconductor i...

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Thursday, July 10, 2008

Intel Sells RFID Line To Impinj

Santa Clara-based Intel Corporation has sold its RFID operation, a business run by Intel's New Business Initiatives (NBI) indicator, to Seattle-based Impinj. Financial terms of the deal were not disclosed. Impinj said it would acquire the I...

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Tuesday, July 8, 2008

iWatt Raises $12.4M

Los Gatos-based iWatt, a developer of power ICs and other related products, said this morning that it has raised $12.4M in a Series E funding round. The round was led by an unnamed strategic investor. Existing investors VantagePoint Venture...

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Wednesday, July 2, 2008

Focus Enhancements Buys Wireless Audio IP

Campbell-based Focus Enhancements said today that it has entered into an agreement to buy certain intellectual property rights for a wireless audio product chipset from AudioMojo, which is owned by Hallo Development Co. Focus Enhancements i...

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Tuesday, June 24, 2008

RGB Networks Hires Engineering VP

Sunnyvale-based RGB Networks said today that it has hired on Charles Corbalis as the firm's new Vice President of Engineering. Corbalis joins the firm from Calient Networks, where he was co-founder, President, and CEO. Corbalis was previous...

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Monday, June 16, 2008

Cortina Systems Acquires Storm Semiconductor

Sunnyvale-based Cortina Systems has acquired Mountain View-based Storm Semiconductor, a developer of embedded network processing technology, the companies said Monday. Financial terms of the deal were not disclosed. According to Cortina, it...

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Wednesday, May 21, 2008

Arteris Raises $7.5M For SoC Interconnects

San Jose-based Arteris, which is developing interconnect technology for systems-on-a-chip architectures, said this morning that it has raised $7.5M in a Series C investment. The firm said the round included DoCoMo Capital, Crescendo, Synops...

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Wednesday, May 14, 2008

MosChip Buys Product Line From Alliacense

Santa Clara-based MosChip Semiconductor Technology Ltd., a provider of PCI, USB, and networking semiconductors, said this morning that it has purchased an exclusive license of technology for Alliacense, a licensing firm that is a unit of Th...

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Tuesday, May 6, 2008

Aquest, Gores Pull Asyst Acquisition Proposal

Sunnyvale-based Aquest Systems Corp and private equity firm The Gores Group LLC said today that they have withdrawn a proposal to acquire Asyst Technologies, a provider of equipment to the semiconductor industry. Gores and Aquest--which was...

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Wednesday, April 30, 2008

National Semiconductor Cuts Positions

Santa Clara-based National Semiconductor said late Tuesday that the firm has cut approximately 130 people from the firm, primarily in product line and support functions. The firm said that the move was part of a "strategic alignment." The f...

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Thursday, April 24, 2008

Audience Inks $15M

Mountain View-based Audience, a developer of voice processing technology, said Wednesday that it has raised $15M in a Series C funding. The round came from NEA, Tallwood Venture Capital, Vulcan Capital, and VentureTech Alliance. Audience sa...

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Wednesday, April 23, 2008

Report: Apple Buys PA Semi For $278M

Forbes reported late Tuesday evening that Apple Computer has agreed to buy PA Semi, a firm which designs low power microprocessors. Santa Clara-based PA Semi's chips are designed for the embedded computing market. According to the report, t...

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Thursday, April 17, 2008

SandForce Gets Series B Funding

Cupertino-based SandForce, a company developing systems-on-a-chip for improving storage I/O performance, has quietly raised a Series B round of funding, silicontap.com has learned. Details of the funding and timing have not been released, h...

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Monday, April 7, 2008

SiBEAM Secures $40M in Series C Funds

Semiconductor manufacturer SiBEAM Inc. announced Monday that it has closed its third round of venture financing after raising some $40 million. New Enterprise Associates led the effort, SiBEAM said, with help from previous contributors Foun...

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Thursday, April 3, 2008

Aperto Adds $20M

Milpitas-based Aperto Networks said earlier this week that it has raised $20M in a new financing round. The round was led by Quicksilver Ventures, and also included Gunn Allen Venture Partners, JK&B Capital, Canaan Partners, Alliance Ventur...

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Monday, March 31, 2008

Provigent Raises $20M

Santa Clara-based Provigent said Monday that it has upped its fourth round of funding to $20M. The firm said that additional capital came from Stata Venture Partners, an existing investor in the firm. Stata had earlier invested $1M in Provi...

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Monday, March 31, 2008

Intel Spins Off Flash Memory Company

Santa Clara-based Intel said Sunday that the firm has finalized a transaction with STMicroelectronics and private equity firm Francisco Partners, to create a new company called Numonyx B.V. The new company will design, develop, and manufact...

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Monday, March 31, 2008

Chartered Buys Fab Operations In Singapore In $240M Deal

Milpitas-based Chartered Semiconductor Manufacturing Ltd. said today that it has completed the acquisition of Hitachi Semiconductor Singapore Pte Ltd, in a $240M cash deal. According to Chartered, it completed the acquisition of 100 percent...

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Thursday, March 27, 2008

Stretch Takes $15M More

Sunnyvale-based Stretch, which is developing configurable processors for high performance video, said today that it has raised an additional $15M in Series B funding. The round was co-led by Worldview Technology Partners, Oak Investment Par...

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Tuesday, March 25, 2008

Ciranova Scores $5.25M

Santa Clara-based Ciranova said Monday that it has raised $5.25 in a round of funding. The firm, which develops EDA software tools used for analog and custom integrated circuit design, said the funding came from Synopsys, Mentor Graphics, a...

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Friday, March 21, 2008

Synopsys Buys Synplicity

Mountain View-based Synposys has acquired Sunnyvale-based Synplicity, the firms said Thursday. Synplicity provides software used for design and verification of semiconductors; Synopsys also designs software used for ASIC and other circuit d...

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Tuesday, March 18, 2008

Spansion Closes Saifun Acquisition

Spansion and Saifun Semiconductors said today that the firms have completed Spansion's acquisition of Saifun today. The deal, which was originally announced in October of last year, combines Spansion's non volatile memory technology with Sp...

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Thursday, March 13, 2008

eASIC Gets $48M

Santa Clara-based eASIC, a firm which develops technology for zero mask-charge ASICs, said Thursday that it has raised $48M. The round was led by Advanced Equities Incorporated, and also included Khosla Ventures, Kleiner Perkins Caufield an...

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Tuesday, March 11, 2008

Cadence Buys Chip Estimate

San Jose-based Cadence Design Systems said Tuesday that it has acquired Cupertino-based Chip Estimate Corporation, a provider of IC planning and IP technology. Financial terms of the acquisition were not disclosed. Chip Estimate's products ...

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Friday, March 7, 2008

IMI Gets $8M Investment

Sunnyvale-based Integrated Materials Inc (IMI), a supplier of semiconductor poly silicon products, has received $8M in an investment from semiconductor materials firm Entegris. Entegris said Thursady that it has purchased 14 percent of the ...

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Friday, February 29, 2008

Magma Buys Sabio Labs

San Jose-based Magma Design Automation said earlier this week that it has acquired Mountain View-based Sabio Labs. Sabio is a provider of analog IP process migration technology used for analog and mixed-signal semiconductor design. Financia...

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Wednesday, February 27, 2008

Tela Innovations Raises Series B

San Jose-based Tela Innovations said Wednesday that it has closed a Series B funding round. Amount of the funding was not disclosed. Tela said that the funding came from Intel Capital, and also included new investors AsiaTech and existing i...

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Tuesday, February 26, 2008

Wisair Finds $24M

Campbell-based Wisair, which develops single-chip, ultra-wideband (UWB) semiconductors, said Tuesday that it has raised $24M in a new funding round. The round was led by Susquehanna Growth Equity, and also included Advent Vventure Partners,...

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Monday, February 25, 2008

Lightspeed Logic Shuts Down

Santa Clara-based Lightspeed Logic said today that the firm has shut down its operations, and is looking to license its technology and patent rights. Lightspeed, which has received funding from Goldman Sachs, InveStar Capital, Lucent Ventur...

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Thursday, February 21, 2008

Credence Sells Group To DCG Systems

Milpitas-based Credence Systems Corporation, which develops test products for the semiconductor industry, said Thursday afternoon that it is in a definitive agreement to sell its diagnostics and characterization business to newly formed DCG...

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Thursday, February 21, 2008

Teranetics Gets $25M For 10GBASE-T Chips

Santa Clara-based Teranetics said this morning that the firm has added another $25M in financing for the firm's high performance, 10GBASE-T Ethernet PHY. The funding came from strategic partner LSI Corporation, along with all of the firm's ...

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Friday, February 15, 2008

Aquantia Adds $26M

Milpitas-based Aquantia, which develops 10GBASE-T semiconductors, said Friday late morning that it has raised $26M in a Series B funding round. The round was led by Pinnacle Ventures, and also included prior investors Lightspeed Venture Par...

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Thursday, January 3, 2008

Leadis Technology Acquires Acutechnology Semiconductor

Sunnyvale-based Leadis Technology, a developer of analog and mixed-signal semiconductor products, said Thursday afternoon that it has acquired Acutechnology Semiconductor. Acutechnology Semiconductor develops analog semiconductors for the p...

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Tuesday, December 11, 2007

Lam Research To Buy SEZ Group

Fremont-based Lam Research Corporation said Monday afternoon that it has signed a definitive agreement to acquire SEZ Group, a supplier of single wafer clean technology for the semiconductor industry. Lam Research will pay approximately $56...

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Monday, December 10, 2007

Mobius Microsystems Snags $10.22M For Timing Chips

Sunnyvale-based Mobius Microsystems said late Monday morning that it has closed a Series B round of funding, worth $10.22M. The round came from Foundation Capital, Menlo Ventures, and RPM Ventures, all of them current investors in the firm....

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Thursday, December 6, 2007

Verigy Acquires Inovys

Cupertino-based semiconductor test firm Verigy said today that it has signed a definitive agreement to acquire Pleasanton-based Inovys. Inovys develops products for debug, failure analysis, and yield management for the semiconductor industr...

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Tuesday, December 4, 2007

Semiconductor Fabs Merge

San Jose-based SVTC Technologies, a development foundry and spin-off from Cypress Semiconductor, and Texas-based ATDF, the research and development foundry for semiconductor consortium SEMATECH, announced today that they have merged. Detail...

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Thursday, November 29, 2007

AMD Expands R&D In Bangalore

Sunnyvale-based AMD said late Wednesday night that the firm has opened up a new silicon design and platform research and development facility in Bangalore. According to AMD, the new engineering facility will play a lead role in developing A...

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Wednesday, November 28, 2007

Enigma Semiconductor Adds On $5.6M

Santa Clara-based Enigma Semiconductor, a firm developing packet-based switching chips for the networking market, said last night that it has raised an additional $5.6M in its Series B round. The funding came from its current investors, Inn...

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Tuesday, November 27, 2007

Quantenna Gains $12.7M

Sunnyvale-based Quantenna Communications announced today that it has raised over $12.7M in a Series B funding round. The round was led by Sigma Partners, and also included new investor Grazia Equity, and prior investors Sequoia Capital and ...

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Tuesday, November 27, 2007

Gigle Semiconductor Raises $20M

Redwood City-based Gigle Semiconductor said today that it has raised $20M in a Series B funding round. The round came from Scottish Equity Partners (SEP), along with Accel Partners and Pond Ventures. Gigle said that the funding will be used...

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Wednesday, October 10, 2007

Reflex Photonics Raises $3M

Redwood City-based Reflex Photonics, which developing connectivity solutions for the semiconductor packaging industry, said today that it has closed a $3M Series A funding round. the funding came from FIER Succes and existing investor MSBi ...

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Monday, August 27, 2007

MIPS Buys Chipidea

Mountain View-based MIPS Technologies said today that it has acquired Chipidea Microelectronics S.A., a provider of analog and mixed-signal intellectual property. The deal is worth $147M in cash, along with up to 610,687 sharse of MIPS Tech...

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Tuesday, August 21, 2007

Telegent Systems Adds $20M

Sunnyvale-based Telegent Systems said Tuesday that it has raised $30M in a third round of funding, from Northern Light Venture Capital and its existing investors. Telegent, which makes single-chip, CMOS semiconductors targeted at the mobile...

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Tuesday, July 31, 2007

LSI Completes Sale Of Consumer Products Business To Magnum

Milpitas-based LSI Corporation said Tuesday morning that it has completed the sale of the firm's consumer products business to Magnum Semiconductor. The firm had announced the agreement in June, in conjunction with cutting 900 employees and...

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Tuesday, July 24, 2007

Plato Networks Raises $20M

Santa Clara-based Plato Networks, a company developing communications ICs, said Monday that it has raised $20M in a Series B funding. The round was led by Granite Ventures, and also included STIC International and Crosslink Capital. Plato N...

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Tuesday, July 10, 2007

Serus Gets $8M

Mountain View-based Serus said Tuesday that it has closed $8M in a Series C funding. Serus, which develops software for managing supply chains, said that the round brings the company's total raise to $13.8M. The funding round was led by OVP...

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Tuesday, July 10, 2007

MetaRAM Gets $12.2M Series B

San Jose-based MetaRAM, a stealth semiconductor firm developing chips for memory subsystems, has raised $12.2M in a Series B round from Storm Ventures, silicontap.com has learned. No details of the funding have been released or confirmed by...

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Wednesday, June 27, 2007

LSI Sells Consumer Products Business, Cuts 900

Milpitas-based LSI Corporation said Wednesday that it has sold its consumer products business to Magnum Semiconductor, and will cut 900 employees, 13 percent of the firm's headcount, in a restructuring. Financial terms of the acquisition we...

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Wednesday, June 27, 2007

Semiconductor Service Lab Firms Merge

Three Silicon Valley semiconductor service lab firms said today that they have merged to form Nano Integration Solutions, Inc., a provider of engineering services to semiconductor design firms. The new firm said that Berkeley Consulting Ser...

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Thursday, June 21, 2007

Arteris Raises $8.1M, Moves HQ To San Jose

Arteris, a developer of network-on-chip technology for on-chip communications, said this week that it has raised $8.1M in funding. The funding came from Synopsys, along with Crescendo, TVM Capital, and Ventech. The firm said that along with...

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Tuesday, June 19, 2007

Synopsys Buys Design Automation Firm

Mountain View-based Synopsys, a developer of semiconductor design software, said Monday that it has acquired ArchPro Design Automation. Financial terms of the deal were not disclosed. Milpitas-based ArchPro Design Automation develops softwa...

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Thursday, June 14, 2007

iKoa Raises $9.4M

Menlo Park-based iKoa, a firm developing chips for increasing the performance and power consumption of sub-micron semiconductors used for the mobile market, has raised $9.4M in a Series A round from Global Catalyst Partners and Khosla Ventu...

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Thursday, June 14, 2007

Luminescent Raises $9M

Palo Alto-based Luminescent Technologies, a firm that develops lithography enhancement products for the semiconductor industry, said Wednesday afternoon that it has raised $9M in a new round of financing. The round came from Adams Capital M...

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Wednesday, June 13, 2007

Pixim Gets Investment From In-Q-Tel

Mountain View-based Pixim, a firm developing image capture silicon and software for increasing the dynamic range of capture for security cameras, has raised a Series B-1 round, the firm said Wednesday morning. Pixim said that the round incl...

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Friday, June 8, 2007

Nanometrics Sells Product Lines

Milpitas-based Nanometrics, a provider of metrology equipment for the semiconductor industry, said Thursday that it has completed the sale of two products lines. The company said that it has divested its DiVA and Yosemite product lines. The...

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Tuesday, May 29, 2007

Xoomsys Gets $8M

Cupertino-based Xoomsys, a company developing distributed processing software used for semiconductor design, said today it has raised $8M in a second round of funding. The funding came from DAG Ventures, and also included prior investors Be...

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Thursday, May 24, 2007

Magnum Semiconductor Raises $27M

Milpitas, California-based Magnum Semiconductor said Thursday afternoon that it has raised $27M in a venture funding round led by Investor Growth Capital. The new round also included investments from WK Technology Fund, KTB Ventures, and Go...

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Tuesday, May 8, 2007

Exar, Sipex Merge

Fremont-based Exar Corporation and Milpitas-based Sipex Corporation said today that the firms are in a definitive merger agreement, to combine the two companies. The firms said that under the terms of the merger agreement, Sipex stockholder...

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Friday, May 4, 2007

Provigent Adds $1M To Series D

Santa Clara-based Provigent, a developer of system-on-a-chip (SoC) products, said Thursday that it has added $1M to the firm's fourth round of funding. The additional capital came from Stata Venture Partners. Ray State, who was founder and ...

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Wednesday, April 25, 2007

Ponte Solutions Raises $7.5M

Mountain View-based Ponte Solutions said Wednesday morning that it has raised $7.5M in a Series B funding round. The firm, which develops semiconductor process manufacturing software, said the funding was led by Mayfield Fund, and also incl...

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Wednesday, April 4, 2007

Extreme DA Raises $7.38M

Palo Alto-based Extreme DA said Wednesday that the firm has raised $7.38M in a Series B funding round. The round was led by Foundation Capital, and also included IT-Farm Corporation and Lanza techVentures. Extreme DA provides a timing analy...

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Tuesday, April 3, 2007

Silicon Navigator Gets Investment From Intel

Cupertino EDA firm Silicon Navigator said Monday that it has received an investment from Intel Capital, which it will use to enhance its products. Silicon Navigator is a provider of electronic design automation software based on open source...

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Thursday, March 22, 2007

Legend Silicon Gets $40M From Intel

Legend Silicon, a Chinese developer of digital television semiconductors, said today that it has raised $40M from Intel Capital, Intel's venture capital arm. Legend, which also maintains operations in Fremont, California, said that the fund...

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Wednesday, March 21, 2007

Artimi Gets $5M From Khosla Ventures

Santa Clara-based Artimi, a semiconductor firm developing wireless USB and Bluetooth semiconductors, announced today that it has received $5M in an investment from Khosla Ventures. The funding brings Artimi's venture funding total to $50M. ...

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Tuesday, March 13, 2007

AMIMON Gets Investment From Motorola

Santa Clara-based AMIMON, a developer of semiconductors for the wireless transmission of high definition video, has received a strategic investment from Motorola. Motorola said this morning that Motorola Ventures, its strategic venture capi...

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Monday, March 12, 2007

Blaze DFM Closes $10M Series B

Sunnyvale-based Blaze DFM, a firm that develops software for semiconductor design, said today that it has closed $10M in Series B funding. The funding came from El Dorado Ventures, Mobius Ventures Capital, as well as LightSpeed Venture Part...

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Friday, March 9, 2007

Cypress Completes Silicon Valley Technology Center Sale

Cypress Semiconductor said today that it has completed its sale of its Silicon Valley Technology Center, which was sold to Oak Hill Capital Partners and Tallwood Venture Capital. Silicon Valley Technology Center is now an independent compan...

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Thursday, March 1, 2007

Leadis Buys Mondowave

Sunnyvale-based Leadis Technology, a provider of mixed-signal semiconductor display drivers, said today it has acquired Mountain View-based Mondowave. Mondowave is a developer of low-power analog semiconductors for analog consumer audio. Th...

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Monday, February 26, 2007

Aquest Gets $20M

Sunnyvale-based Aquest, a provider of semiconductor automation products, has raised $20M in a Series B funding. Aquest said that the funding came from Menlo Ventures, Walden International, and Global Catalyst Partners. The firm said it will...

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Tuesday, February 20, 2007

ChipX Buys Oki Semiconductor's US ASIC Team

Santa Clara-based ChipX has signed an agreement to acquire Oki Semiconductor's U.S. ASIC engineering team, the firm said today. Financial terms were not disclosed. As part of the deal, Oki Semiconductor will become a turnkey foundry for Ch...

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Wednesday, February 7, 2007

Beceem Raises $40M

Santa Clara-based Beceem Communications said today that it has raised over $40M in a Series D round of funding. The round was led by Teachers' Private Capital, and included NEC Corporation, along with Global Catalyst Partners, Intel Capital...

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Thursday, February 1, 2007

National Semiconductor Buys Xignal Technologies

Santa Clara-based National Semiconductor announced this morning that it is acquiring German-based Xignal Technologies AG, a developer of high-speed data converters. Financial terms of the deal are not being disclosed. The acquisitionn inclu...

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Wednesday, January 31, 2007

Anchor Bay Gets $10M

Campbell-based Anchor Bay has raised $10M in funding, the firm disclosed yesterday. The funding came from Atlantic Quantum, and also included existing investors Storm Ventures and Venrock Associates. Anchor Bay is developing semiconductors ...

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Tuesday, January 30, 2007

Cypress Sells Silicon Valley Center To Oak Hill, Tallwood

Cypress Semiconductor said today that it has agreed to sell its Silicon Valley Technology Center business to Oak Hill Capital Partners and Tallwood Venture Capital, in a private equity deal worth $53M in cash. Cypress said it will transfer ...

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Monday, January 29, 2007

Athena Design Systems Finds $4M

Santa Clara-based Athena Design Systems has raised $4M in a Series B round, the firm announced today. The company, which is developing semiconductor design tools for physical design, said that the funding included new investors PhillipCapit...

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Wednesday, January 17, 2007

KeyAssets.com Acquired By Investment Firm

Palo Alto-based KeyAssets.com, a provider of an online platform for trading semiconductor equipment and capital assets, has been acquired by Babcock & Brown Electronics Management, a subsidiary of investment advisory firm Babcock & Brown. F...

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Tuesday, January 16, 2007

Tilera Finds Funding

Santa Clara-based Tilera, a stealth startup in the processor and ASIC software design space, has closed a Series A round of funding, silicontap.com has learned. Walden International lists the firm as a portfolio company, and the company's b...

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Tuesday, January 16, 2007

Xradia Gets $4M In Series D

Concord, California-based Xradia has received $4M in a Series D investment, according to investor Harris & Harris Group. Xradia designs ultra high resolution x-ray microscopes and fluorescence imaging systems used for semiconductor IC and o...

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Tuesday, January 16, 2007

Silistix Adds $6M To Series A

San Jose-based Silistix, a provider of software for circuit design, said Monday that it has raiased $6M in a final closing of its Series A investment round. the funding came from Partnerships UK, which joined Intel Capital, British Smaller ...

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Monday, January 8, 2007

Altos Finds $1.5M

Santa Clara-based Altos Design Automation has raised $1.5M in a Series A round of funding, the firm said today. The round was led by Vista Ventures. Jim Hogan of Vista joins the Altos board of directors in conjunction with the funding. Alto...

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Thursday, January 4, 2007

Cambridge Display Buys Assets Of Next Sierra

Cambridge, UK-based Cambridge Display Technology said today that it has acquired the assets of Mountain View-based Next Sierra. Next Sierra is a designer of chipsets of P-OLED/OLED displays. Financial terms of the all-stock deal were not d...

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Wednesday, December 20, 2006

Forte Scores $5.4M For Design Synthesis Tool

San Jose-based Forte Design Systems said today that it has raised an additional $5.4M in a Series D funding for its semiconductor design tools. The funding came from Saints Capital, along with prior investors 3i and Infinity Capital. Forte ...

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Tuesday, December 19, 2006

ASML Acquires Brion Technologies

Netherlands-based ASML Holding NV said today that it is in a $270M deal to purchase Santa Clara-based Brion Technologies, a developer of advanced lithography tools for semiconductor design and wafer manufacturing. The acquisition is expect...

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Wednesday, December 13, 2006

Atmel Cuts Jobs, Restructures Operations

San Jose-based Atmel, a manufacturer of semiconductor products, said today that it is selling several of its wafer fabrication facilities and cutting its staff by 300 employees, as it goes through a strategic restructuring. Atmel said this ...

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Tuesday, November 21, 2006

Magma Acquires Knights Technology

Santa Clara, California-based Magma Design Automation, a provider of chip design software, has acquired Hillsboro, Oregon-based Knights Technology. Financial terms were not disclosed. Knights Technology provides yield management and failure...

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Monday, November 20, 2006

Solaicx Gets Investment

Santa Clara-based Solaicx has received an investment of $3M, according to Applied Ventures, the venture capital fun run by Applied Materials. Applied Ventures said it invested in Solaicx, which manufacturers single crystal silicon wafers fo...

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Monday, November 6, 2006

AMAT Buys Brooks Software

Santa Clara-based Applied Materials has purchased Brooks Software, a provider of factory management and control software, for $125M in cash. Brooks Software is a division of Brooks Automation. Brooks Software's products are used by semicond...

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Friday, November 3, 2006

APD Acquisition Completes

Westlake Village-based Diodes Incorporated said this morning that it has completed its acquisition of Redwood City-based APD Semiconductor. APD Semiconductor is a manufacturer of discrete semiconductors, including rectifiers used in digital...

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Wednesday, October 25, 2006

Ciranova Inks $4M

Santa Clara-based Ciranova, a developer of electronic design automation (EDA) tools, has closed a $4M round of venture capital. The Series C round was led by AsiaTech Management. The firm develops toolsets for managing analog semiconductor ...

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Wednesday, October 25, 2006

Diodes Buys APD Semiconductor

Westlake Village-based Diodes Incorporated said Tuesday that it has acquired APD Semiconductor, a fabless semiconductor company. The asset deal is worth approximately $8M. Diodes said that APD has forecasted revenues of approximately $2.0M ...

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Tuesday, October 24, 2006

Mentor Buys Summit Design

Wilsonville, Oregon-based Mentor Graphics has acquired Los Altos-based Summit Design, a maker of electronic design software, the firm said Tuesday. Financial terms of the transacation were not disclosed. Summit Design develops electronic sy...

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Thursday, October 5, 2006

Chip Estimate Gets $3.5M

Cupertino-based Chip Estimate, a firm that provides EDA tools used for chip planning, said that it has raised $3.5M in an expansion financing. The round was led by ITU Ventures. According to Chip Estimate, the firm has now raised $5.5M. Chi...

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Friday, September 29, 2006

Mellanox Files For IPO

Santa Clara-based Mellanox, a provider of semiconductors for the Infiniband market, has filed for an IPO. The firm said in an SEC filing that it is looking to raise up to $86.25M in an IPO on the Nasdaq as MLNX. The firm develops chips used...

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Monday, August 21, 2006

GCT Semiconductors Gets Series E Funding

San Jose-based GCT Semiconductor, which is developing ICs for the wireless industry, has received a new round of funding worth $5M. The firm said it received the Series E round of funding from DoCoMo Capital and JAIC America. GCT said that ...

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Wednesday, August 16, 2006

Synopsys Buys SIGMA-C Software AG For $20.5M

Mountain View-based Synopsys has acquired a German provider of semiconductor manufacturing simulation software, the company said today. The deal was worth $20.5M in cash. SIGMA Software AG is a Munich-based company that provides software fo...

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Thursday, July 27, 2006

Agilent Buys Xpedion

Agilent Technologies said this afternoon that it has agreed to acquire Xpedion Design Systems, a provider of software for high speed digital circuit and systems design. Terms of the deal were not disclosed. Xpedion develops software used fo...

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Monday, July 24, 2006

Magma Acquires Simulation Software Provider

Santa Clara-based Magma Design Automation has acquired ACAD Corp, a provider of simulation and power analysis software for advanced ICs. Terms were not disclosed. Magma said today that it is making FineSim Pro, a product available as part o...

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