ASSP to marry FPGA

Date: 30/01/2015
To take on the new market opportunity emerging in the programmable silicon market where a slice of FPGA is integrated into an application specific integrated circuit, the world's third biggest FPGA vendor Lattice Semiconductor have signed a definitive agreement with Silicon Image to acquire the company for a value of approximately $600 million.

Darin G. Billerbeck, Lattice Semiconductor’s President and Chief Executive Officer, said, “This is a truly transformative event for both Lattice Semiconductor and Silicon Image. For the first time in the semiconductor industry, a single company will combine the design flexibility and time to market benefits of FPGAs, with the highly integrated, function and cost optimization benefits of ASSP solutions. We are excited to move forward with Silicon Image and confident we will be able to drive higher revenue and earnings growth, through the benefits of better economies of scale and material cost synergies. We expect this transaction to be immediately accretive on a non-GAAP basis.”

Camillo Martino, Chief Executive Officer of Silicon Image, commented, “We are excited to move forward with this unique business combination. Lattice’s management team has a strong track record of execution and operational excellence, both critical to the continued expansion of our product portfolio and ability to support our customer’s evolving requirements. Importantly, Lattice shares our commitment to building upon Silicon Image’s rich history of standards creation and the development of new wired and wireless connectivity innovations. This transaction is the culmination of a strategic process conducted under the direction of our board of directors, and represents a significant creation of value for our shareholders.”

Mr. Billerbeck concluded, “Lattice created the market for programmable connectivity solutions in the consumer market, capitalizing on our strong foothold in the communications and industrial markets. Silicon Image has successfully established numerous global technology standards, and built a highly valued intellectual property portfolio in wired connectivity, millimeter wave wireless technology and software services solutions. Our respective technical capabilities, product portfolios and visions for the future are complementary and will be even more powerful when combined. Lattice is fully committed to building upon the foundation established by Silicon Image in helping establish industry standards, investing in new technologies and driving them to market, which in turn should provide us with greater access to our customers’ roadmaps and unique insight into their product development.”

Author: Srinivasa Reddy N
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