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Intersil buys analog IC designer

Posted: 12 Aug 2009 ?? ?Print Version ?Bookmark and Share

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Intersil Corp. has signed a definitive agreement to acquire analog signal processing IC designer Quellan Inc.

Founded in 2000, Quellan's Q:ACTIVE technology uses a proprietary Collaborative Signal Processing (CSP) architecture to apply adaptive noise cancellation and equalization within the analog domain. This approach addresses signal loss, dispersion, skew and noise in high-speed signal processing applications. It provides improved performance, smaller footprint and lower power solutions for communications and networking infrastructure, high-performance computing, storage and consumer electronics applications.

Quellan's ICs are embedded inside active copper interconnects that dramatically improve the signal integrity, speed, density and distance of existing platforms, providing up to three times the signal reach of traditional passive cables. Quellan's noise-canceling ICs can also reduce interference from various noise sources to achieve exceptional signal sensitivity for a wide range of devices.

"The Quellan products and analog signal processing design expertise in driving high speed signals over long distances are a perfect fit for Intersil," said Dave Bell, CEO of Intersil. "Quellan's Q:ACTIVE technology is complementary to our video and DSL businesses, and we believe it will enable us to further penetrate new and existing high-margin markets."

"Quellan's products are immediately applicable in many of Intersil's existing vertical markets, and we believe will create opportunities in new areas of the analog IC market," said Tony Stelliga, Quellan's chairman and CEO.

The boards of directors of both companies have unanimously approved the merger. Intersil expects the acquisition will have an immaterial impact on revenue or earnings for Q3 09 results.

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