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Qorvo acquiring GreenPeak Technologies, fabless IoT semiconductor firm

Adds ultra-low power, short range wireless connected home and IoT offerings to portfolio

GreenPeak TechnologiesQorvo announced a definitive agreement to acquire privately-held GreenPeak Technologies, a fabless semiconductor company that specializes in ultra-low power, short range, RF communications. The acquisition gives Qorvo a beachhead in the Internet of Things (IoT) market, including the connected home. GreenPeak brings Qorvo capabilities in highly integrated, silicon RF systems-on-a-chip (SoC), including 802.15.4 and Zigbee.

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TowerJazz announces its SiGe Terabit Platform enabling high-speed wireline communications

TowerJazz, the global specialty foundry leader, announced its SiGe Terabit Platform targeting high-speed wireline communications for the terabit age. Wireline data traffic is increasing dramatically, with traffic at Google famously increasing by 50 times over the last six to seven years, or at 75 percent per year. Estimates vary, but experts agree on double digit CAGRs and a 2020 market for high speed optical components in excess of $9 billion. TowerJazz addresses this market through a family of customized foundry silicon-germanium (SiGe) BiCMOS technologies and is announcing availability of its highest performance process to date: S4.

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GigOptix Inc. to acquire Magnum Semiconductor Inc.

Company to be renamed GigPeak Inc.

GigOptix Inc., a leading supplier of advanced semiconductor communications components for use in Cloud connectivity, data centers, and high-speed optical and wireless networks, announced the signing of a definitive agreement to acquire Magnum Semiconductor Inc., a privately-held Milpitas, California-based provider of silicon ICs, SoCs, software, and IP for the professional video broadcast and IoT camera markets, in a cash and stock transaction valued at approximately $55 million net based upon the average closing price of GigOptix stock for the trailing thirty day period ended April 1, 2016.

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POET and A*STAR’s IMRE launch joint initiative for smart pixel applications

POET Technologies Inc., a developer of opto-electronics fabrication processes for the semiconductor industry, announced a research and development initiative for future generations of smart pixels and other applications in association with the Institute of Materials Research and Engineering (IMRE), a part of the Singapore-based Agency for Science, Technology and Research (A*STAR).

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