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Winbond to acquire National Semi's PC Super I/O business

Posted: 17 Mar 2005 ?? ?Print Version ?Bookmark and Share

Keywords:pc super i/o? analog? safekeeper trusted i/o desktop? keyboard controllers?

National Semiconductor Corp. has signed a definitive agreement to sell its PC Super I/O business to Taiwan-based Winbond Electronics Corp. The sale is consistent with National's ongoing program to maximize resources and support for the company's analog businesses. Within National, the business is referred to as the advanced PC division.

Pursuant to the agreement, Winbond will acquire intellectual property, assets and about 150 employees, most of who are based at National Semi's R&D center in Herzlia, Israel. The PC Super I/O business unit's flagship products include the SafeKeeper Trusted I/O desktop and notebook devices, keyboard controllers and Server I/O devices.

"This sale benefits both companies," said Brian L. Halla, National Semi's chairman, president, CEO, statesdds "National is committed to focusing on its core analog portfolio. Winbond, meanwhile, is positioned to leverage our digital and mixed-signal IP with their established line of products for the computer, laptop and server markets."

"National Semi's advanced PC division will be an addition to our company and accelerate our ability to deliver high-end mixed signal, I/O and advanced system solutions to our customers," said Arthur Chiao, chairman of Winbond.

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