Microsemi, Averna on the acquisition trail

September 15, 2014 // By Graham Prophet
The current round of M&A (mergers and acquisitions) activity continues with announcements two more industry consolidations.

Canadian-headquartered Averna, developer of test platforms, ATE configurations and services for communications and electronics device-makers worldwide, has acquired US-based Cal-Bay Systems, a privately owned provider of test systems, test and measurement solutions, automated testing and vibration monitoring tools.

Averna says that the move strengthens its presence in the medical-device, vibration monitoring, and consumer electronics markets, as well as providing the company with strategic positioning on the US West Coast. Cal-Bay Systems has a European presence – an office in Swindon, UK, which will also now be managed by Averna. Cal-Bay Systems, headquartered in San Rafael, California, has a 20-year history of test expertise in automated test and measurement processes for mission-critical applications.

Averna is a manufacturing solution provider for communications and electronics device-makers worldwide, in the communications, aerospace, defence, automotive, consumer electronics, and medical-device industries; the company has partnerships with T&M companies such as Keysight (Agilent) and National Instruments.

Averna; www.averna.com

Microsemi acquires Centellax

Microsemi is to buy Centellax (Santa Rosa, California) a supplier of high-speed analogue and RF semiconductor products for the optical communications and Ethernet datacom markets. Centellax builds products specifically designed for high-speed communications markets, with higher levels of integration. Its design team combines capabilities in millimeter-wave engineering and high-speed digital design. The acquired product lines and technology will expand Microsemi's current communications product offerings while allowing the company to develop Centellax's optical and Ethernet datacentre capabilities. In particular, Microsemi mentions the addition to its MMIC (monolithic microwave IC) activities.

"The high-speed design and packaging capabilities of Centellax are at the very edge," said James J. Peterson, Microsemi's chairman and CEO. "...we look forward to incorporating its leading-edge designs into our communications product portfolio, ensuring our customers continue to rely upon us as their total solutions provider."

Microsemi; www.microsemi.com