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Active Silicon acquired by Solid State

Active Silicon has been acquired by Solid State, a manufacturer of computing, power and communications products, and a supplier of electronic and opto-electronic components.

Solid State supplies industrial and military markets with ruggedised and durable components, assemblies and manufactured units for use in harsh environments.

Operating through two main divisions, Manufacturing (Steatite) and Value Added Supplies (Solid State Supplies and Pacer), the group specialises in complex engineering challenges often requiring design-in support and component sourcing for computing, power, communications, electronic and optoelectronic products.

The £6.3m acquisition will see the addition of Active Silicon’s expertise in the design, manufacture and supply of industry-leading vision components to the Solid State portfolio, and will further its operations in the areas of machine and computer vision, and provides Active Silicon with greater potential to develop their embedded computing and AI capabilities.

Active Silicon will operate as an independent entity within the industrial computer product portfolio of Steatite’s manufacturing division.

Commenting on the acquisition, Colin Pearce, CEO of Active Silicon, said “We are pleased to become part of the Solid State Group and firmly believe the synergies of our embedded electronics expertise, combined with Solid State’s portfolio of computing platforms, will lead to an acceleration of our profitable growth in the expanding areas of AI and embedded computing in general.

"This acquisition ensures that we’ll be able to continue to invest in the research and development needed to keep our vision systems evolving and adding value to our customers' applications.”

Neil Tyler

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