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Invensense buys ADI's MEMS microphone unit

Posted: 21 Oct 2013     Print Version  Bookmark and Share

Keywords:InvenSense  MEMS microphone  Analog Devices 

Invensense Inc. has agreed to buy the MEMS microphone business line of Analog Devices Inc. (ADI). InvenSense will acquire the assets related to analogue and digital output microphones, as well as certain support operations, for Rs.628.93 crore ($100 million) in cash.

These microphones were primarily used in consumer applications and are expected to represent less than one per cent of ADI's total revenue in the fourth quarter of fiscal year 2013.

Invensense, known for its inertial sensors with on-chip motion processing algorithms, claims to have already had MEMS audio microphones under development. By acquiring ADI's microphone business line, the company aims to fast-track progress, which it hopes will also open doors to new markets.

As part of the agreement, approximately 30 to 40 employees will move from ADI to Invensense. Also remaining in place will be the MEMS microphone support operations in Bratislava, Slovakia and Shanghai, China.

"This agreement will allow ADI to focus on combining precision sensing technology and signal processing systems expertise to deliver the highest value to customers in our highest priority markets while driving sustainable growth and profitability for ADI," said Mark Martin, vice president of ADI's Sensor Products and Technology Group. "The impact of high performance inertial sensing innovation is increasing across automotive, industrial, and healthcare applications and we are focusing our resources accordingly."

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