Intersil acquisition boosts its position in China

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Intersil has announced it is to acquire Rock Semiconductor, a Chinese manufacturer of integrated power management ICs.

The analogue and mixed signal semiconductor specialist said the purchase will expand its presence in the Chinese and Asia/Pacific consumer electronics market. Rock is a privately held, fabless semiconductor company and has design centres in Shanghai and Wuhan, China. The company provides analogue and mixed signal integrated circuits for wireless, audio, video and data communications markets. Its products are primarily consumer based and appear in applications such as cellular phones, personal navigation devices and portable multimedia players. Dave Bell (pictured), Intersil's ceo, said: "Rock Semiconductor's products are a perfect fit with Intersil's rapidly expanding portfolio of power management, audio and communications ICs. Intersil is committed to expanding its business through both organic growth and strategic acquisitions. Rock's team of highly experienced analogue and mixed signal design engineers will immediately increase our design capability and ability to serve hundreds of Chinese and global customers."