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Micrel expands timing, MEMS line with Discera buy

Posted: 04 Sep 2013 ?? ?Print Version ?Bookmark and Share

Keywords:MEMS? timing solution? clock generator?

Micrel Inc. has signed a definitive agreement to acquire Discera Inc., a provider of silicon timing solutions. The deal is geared to boost Micrel's high performance clock and timing products, as well as expand its MEMS capabilities. The transaction is expected to close in September of 2013. Micrel expects the acquisition will be slightly dilutive in 2013 and neutral to slightly accretive in 2014 on a GAAP basis.

Discera has been on the forefront of MEMS resonator development, creating a disruptive technology in the timing space. Discera's PureSilicon oscillators and crystal-less clock generators provide a variety of significant benefits to timing customers including system-wide cost effective solutions, enhanced ruggedness, space savings, and excellent stability over a wide temperature range, the company stated.

"Micrel's and Discera's technologies and products are well aligned from a strategic perspective, bringing more best-in-class products to broader markets and a worldwide customer base. With this addition, along with our PhaseLink acquisition and our recently released ClockWorks Flex and Fusion products, Micrel plans to be a one-stop shop for our customers' high-performance clock and timing needs," noted Ray Zinn, chair and CEO, Micrel. "The acquisition of Discera substantially enhances Micrel's penetration into the timing market and provides a strong MEMS-based platform for further growth. Micrel has been building MEMS devices for the past 15 years for our foundry customers. The addition of the Discera MEMS product line will greatly enhance Micrel's MEMS presence and capability. Furthermore, the Discera technical team gives Micrel the intellectual property and technical know-how to pursue not only MEMS-based timing devices but also other types of MEMS devices."

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