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Silicon Laboratories

Silicon Labs
Type Public
Traded as SLAB
Industry Semiconductors
Founded 1996 [1]
Headquarters Austin, Texas, United States
Key people Tyson Tuttle(Chairman, President and CEO)
Products Mixed-signal integrated circuits
Microcontrollers
Sensors
Revenue Increase US$ 563.3 million (2012)
Operating income Increase US$ 85.67 million (2012)[2]
Net income Increase US$ 63.59 million (2012)[2]
Total assets Increase US$ 871.97 million (2012)[2]
Total equity Increase US$ 649.97 million (2012)[2]
Employees 997 (2012)
Website

Silicon Laboratories, Inc. (Austin, Texas.

The company was founded in 1996 by three veterans from the former Crystal Semiconductor – Nav Sooch, Dave Welland and Jeff Scott.[3] The company's CEO is Tyson Tuttle.[4] The company went public in 2000.[5] Silicon Labs leverages its intellectual property to develop mixed-signal ICs that typically integrate a number of discrete functions on a single CMOS die. The company has leveraged its technology portfolio to expand into a number of large markets. The company has three main businesses:

  • Access - which includes PoE devices for networking gear
  • Broadcast - which includes single-chip silicon TV tuners and demodulators
  • Broad-based - which includes human interface solutions such as touch controllers and proximity sensors.

Silicon Labs has about 900 employees worldwide and research and development offices located throughout the US, Europe, and Asia. Silicon Labs' customers include Samsung, Huawei, LG, and Thomson.

Broad-based Products

With the acquisition of Cygnal Integrated Products, Silicon Labs marked their entry into the multi-billion dollar general-purpose analog and MCU markets and began building its Broad-based business, which is now 40% of company revenue. Silicon Labs’ C8051 8-bit MCUs are based on a patented implementation of the EFM32 Gecko product line.

Also part of the company's Broad-based business are clock and oscillator products that are customizable online as well as digital isolators that replace optocouplers, short range wireless receivers and transceivers for sub-GHz applications and an emerging portfolio of touch and proximity sensing products for consumer and industrial applications.

Acquisitions

  • 2003 December, Silicon Labs acquired Cygnal Integrated Products, an Austin-based innovator of analog-intensive, highly integrated 8-bit microcontrollers (MCUs).
  • 2007-02-08, NXP Semiconductors announced that it is to acquire Silicon Labs' Cellular Communications Business.[6]
  • 2008, Silicon Labs announces acquisition of Integration Associates
  • 2010 April, Silicon Labs announced acquisition of Limerick based 'ChipSensors' and California based Silicon Clocks
  • 2011 January, Silicon Labs acquires Silicon Valley based SpectraLinear[7]
  • 2012 Silicon Labs acquires ZigBee manufacturer Ember[8]
  • June 2013, Silicon Labs announced intention to acquire low-power ARM microcontroller specialist Energy Micro[9]

References

External links

  • Silicon Laboratories, Inc.

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