ROHM Semiconductor acquires Digital Power IC specialist Powervation

July 23, 2015 // By Graham Prophet
Rohm has announced that it has completed the acquisition of Powervation Ltd. (Cork, Eire and San Jose, CA), a privately held digital power IC company that develops Digital Power Management system-on-chip (SoC) solutions for approximately $70M, in an all-cash transaction.

The companies say that the combination of Powervation’s Intelligent Digital Power platform with Rohm’s analogue power technology and global market access will address a broad[er] range of market opportunities, as OEMs increasingly adopt digital power solutions.

Since its founding in Ireland in 2006, as a University of Limerick spin-out, Powervation has established itself as an innovator in digital power controllers serving high performance Computing, Cloud and Communications infrastructure markets. The Company’s proprietary DSP control platform with patented xTune auto-tuning and ITM intelligent transient management technologies, has been adopted by customers who need advanced power management, precision telemetry / control and high efficiency solutions to power their complex multi-rail, multi-phase systems.

By acquiring Powervation, Rohm adds leading-edge digital power technologies to strengthen its product offerings in cloud, data-centre, and communications infrastructure markets. This acquisition will also enable Rohm to develop advanced digital power solutions for a broader range of markets and applications with Powervation’s flexible controller platform.

Powervation will become a fully owned subsidiary of Rohm, with principal design centre in Cork, Ireland and system application centres in San Jose, CA and Asia which fuse expertise in power systems, digital control, silicon and embedded software. Rohm plans product development around its analogue / discrete power technologies.

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