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Tuesday, September 13, 2016

Renesas aims to create world's leading embedded solution provider through Intersil buy

By Nick Flaherty

The $3.2bn deal to acquire Intersil will make Renesas the world's leading embedded technology provider, says the company.

Through the combination of  the Hitachi and Mitsubishi microcontroller lines it has been a significant player in the embedded market, and adding the power expertise of Intersil will open up more opportunities in the automotive, industrial, and IoT markets.
The acquisition is also expected to expand Renesas’ product portfolio, particularly for analogue devices, where the market is expected to increase by approximately US$3.9 billion by 2020. This will bring Renesas head to head with Analog Devices, which is acquiring power specialist Linear Technology. Renesas anticipates the deal will bring savings of $170 million a year and will be financed from cash.

“Renesas is accelerating its focus of resources in automotive, industrial, infrastructure, and the rapidly growing IoT segments to aggressively grow its global business and maintain its position as a leading provider. Intersil’s extensive portfolio of analogue and power devices as well as its strength in the automotive, industrial, and broad-based segments complement many of Renesas’ initiatives in these areas,” said Bunsei Kure, Representative Director, President and CEO of Renesas Electronics. “We believe that this compelling and complementary combination will bring significant synergies and cross selling opportunities as well as a system solution proposition which will pave the way for Renesas to strengthen its position as a leader in the global semiconductor market while delivering value to its customers with a unique product offering.”

“Intersil has been part of the industry’s evolution for many decades, carving out key niches and developing core technology that provides tangible benefits over competing solutions,” said Necip Sayiner, President, CEO and Director of Intersil Corporation. “As we’ve embarked on the most recent transformation over the last three years, we have honed the company’s core capabilities and focused them on areas where we are uniquely positioned to solve customer system challenges. The success of that strategy and the ability to improve the quality of the business is what has brought us to this next and exciting phase. We see great potential in combining the Intersil and Renesas portfolios and gaining the scale that will provide a platform for accelerated growth.”

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