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All of a Sudden…

John Day

John Day

Posted Aug 25, 2014
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I knew that the college football season is almost upon us but was unaware until quite recently that it must be acquisition season. Perhaps it’s just a coincidence or, more likely, the end of the calendar year is approaching, but four automotive electronics-related acquisitions in the past couple of weeks (at least five in the past couple of months) seems like a lot.

Infineon is acquiring International Rectifier (IR) for $40 per share in a deal valued at approximately $3 billion.

The firm’s said IR’s expertise in low-power, energy-efficient IGBTs and Intelligent Power Modules, Power MOSFETs and Digital Power Management ICs should blend well with Infineon’s offering in power devices and modules. IR brings expertise in GaN (gallium nitride on silicon) power semiconductors, a technology in which Infineon is already strong.

Sensata is acquiring the Schrader group of companies in a deal valued at $1 billion.

Schrader is huge – estimated 50% market share – in tire pressure monitoring systems. “The acquisition of Schrader extends Sensata’s leadership position in pressure sensing and provides further access to a rapidly growing $2 billion low pressure sensor market where the largest current opportunity is in TPMS,” said Sensata CEO Martha Sullivan. “Additionally, Schrader’s expertise in MEMS sensing, wireless communications and ASIC design will be highly complementary.”

Murata is acquiring Peregrine Semiconductor in a deal valued at more than $465 million.

Murata is a major supplier of RF modules and Peregrine is big in RF front end products for mobile and analog applications. Sounds like good synergy.

NNG acquired nfuzion for undisclosed terms.

Budapest-based NNG is the developer of iGO Navigation software. Nfuzion is an American HMI (human-machine interface) prototyping company. NNG said the acquisition will allow it to broaden its presence in automotive on-board systems, including infotainment and HMI.

And it was only last month that Mentor Graphics acquired XS Embedded GmbH (XSe), a creator of automotive system architectures and hardware reference platforms. “By combining Mentor’s Android, hypervisor, security, AUTOSAR & Nucleus solutions with XSe automotive-ready solutions, we are able to address the entire vehicle software infrastructure requirements of the most sophisticated vehicles in design today,” said XSe managing director Rainer Oder.

Who’s next?

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