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ROHM acquires digital power IC company

Posted: 27 Jul 2015 ?? ?Print Version ?Bookmark and Share

Keywords:ROHM Semiconductor? Powervation? digital power? cloud? data centre?

ROHM Co. Ltd has bought Powervation Ltd, a privately held digital power IC company that makes digital power management SoC solutions for nearly $70 million. The strategic combination of Powervation's Intelligent Digital Power platform with ROHM's analogue power technology and global market access will enable the company to address a range of fast growing market opportunities, as customers increasingly adopt digital power solutions to power next generation high density systems and ICs such as processors, memory, FPGAs and ASICs.

Since its founding in Ireland in 2006, as a University of Limerick spin-out, Powervation has established itself as a leading innovator in digital power controllers serving high performance computing, cloud and communications infrastructure markets, the company said. It's proprietary DSP control platform with patented xTune auto-tuning and ITM intelligent transient management technologies, has been adopted by industry leading customers who need advanced power management, precision telemetry/control and high efficiency solutions to power their complex multi-rail, multi-phase systems.

ROHM, a $3 billion maker of analogue and power semiconductors, supplies a diversified global customer base in the consumer, automotive and industrial markets. By acquiring Powervation, ROHM will gain leading-edge digital power technologies to strengthen its product offerings in the rapidly-growing cloud, data centre and communications infrastructure markets. The acquisition will also enable ROHM to develop advanced digital power solutions for a broader range of markets and applications with Powervation's flexible controller platform.

Powervation will become a fully owned subsidiary of ROHM, with principal design centre in Cork, Ireland and system application centres in San Jose, California, USA and Asia that fuse expertise in power systems, digital control, silicon and embedded software. ROHM plans to accelerate product development through investment and synergies with ROHM analogue/discrete power technologies and to increase market adoption further by using ROHM's global customer base and channels.

- Paul Buckley
??EE Times Europe

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