Analog/Mixed Signal

Rohm Acquires Digital Power Chipmaker Powervation

24 July 2015

Japanese semiconductor vendor Rohm Co. Ltd. has acquired digital power IC maker Powervation Ltd. in order to address future digital power opportunities.

The $70 million all-cash deal will merge Powervation’s digital power platform with Rohm’s analog power technology. This will enable the adoption of digital power solutions for next generation high density systems and ICs such as processors, memory, field programmable gate arrays (FPGAs) and application specific integrated circuits (ASICs).

As digital power technologies continue to displace traditional analog technology, the power IC market is undergoing a shift in where opportunities reside for next-generation power solutions. According to Rohm, both companies will focus on digital power products in the computing, communications, consumer and industrial markets.

Powervation will become a fully owned subsidiary of Rohm, with a principal design center in Cork, Ireland.

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