Magnum Semiconductor acquired by GigPeak for $55 million

April 4, 2016

GigOptix, Inc., a leading supplier of advanced semiconductor communications components for use in Cloud connectivity, data centers, and high-speed optical and wireless networks, today announced the signing of a definitive agreement to acquire Magnum Semiconductor, Inc., a privately-held Milpitas, California-based provider of silicon ICs, SoCs, software, and IP for the professional video broadcast and IoT camera markets, in a cash and stock transaction valued at approximately $55 million net based upon the average closing price of GigOptix stock for the trailing thirty day period ended April 1, 2016. The acquisition is expected to become effective tomorrow, Tuesday, April 5, 2016, and upon the close, GigOptix, Inc. will be renamed GigPeak, Inc., beginning to operate under that name as of Wednesday, April 6, 2016.

“We have a long and proven track record of acquiring and integrating cutting edge technology companies in the most financially prudent manner. The acquisition of Magnum Semiconductor, our eighth acquisition since inception, is another important step in realizing our initial 2007 roadmap vision and strategic plan to expand GigOptix through inorganic and organic growth. With the addition of Magnum Semiconductor, we have taken a meaningful step in expanding our product portfolio to further enhance our mission of enabling high-speed and high-quality information streaming end-to-end over the network, from the core to the consumer,” said Dr. Avi Katz, GigOptix’s Founder, Chairman of the Board of Directors and Chief Executive Officer. “We look forward to supporting Magnum’s continuing efforts as part of the newly rebranded GigPeak family to drive innovation through their proven and market accepted software-based solutions to deliver best-in-class video and data to the world’s leading broadcasting and IoT camera OEMs and customers. The exponential growth in video traffic will further expand the demand for GigOptix’s and Magnum’s solutions in real-time high-speed and high-quality information streaming, video compression in the cable, satellite, telco/IPTV and mobile/over the top (OTT) markets. The increasing need for powerful video analytics capabilities has also been driving significant interest in Magnum’s solutions in the IoT camera markets by major OEMs. We are impressed by Magnum’s technology, customers, growth profile, and the technical depth and experience of its engineering team. We are very excited by the many opportunities this combination offers that will enable us to expand our focus from the enterprise networking and cloud connectivity to broadcasting head-ends, IoT, and consumer markets. I also want to personally offer a warm welcome to the entire Magnum team that is joining our family today.”

Gopal Solanki, Chief Executive Officer and President of Magnum Semiconductor stated, “The combination of GigOptix’s leading edge wired and wireless high-speed communication technology, combined with Magnum’s professional quality video compression and SoC hardware and software expertise creates a unique and powerful platform for streaming video. The Magnum team is excited to join forces to develop solutions for a future where video presence is pervasive and widely deployed at both the consumer and commercial premises.”

“We have researched the market for a long time to identify the best-in-class video broadcasting, compression and analytics technology company that will allow us to complement our leading edge high-speed connectivity product portfolio for the telecom and datacom enterprise networking. This combination of products and technologies enable us to address both the speed of data transmission and the amount of bandwidth the data consumes within a network, driven in particular by video, which is a major source of data center traffic. We are poised to provide powerful solutions to enhance the footprint utilization and reduce total cost of ownership of existing network pipes from the core to the end user. GigPeak’s broad portfolio of cutting-edge products will serve the enterprise networking and broadcasting OEMs, as well as the IoT and consumer markets,” said Dr. Raluca Dinu, GigOptix’s Executive Vice President of Global Customer Operations.

Magnum Semiconductor is a leading provider of silicon ICs, SoCs, software and IP for the professional video broadcast and IoT camera markets. Magnum provides top of the line products, tools and technologies for the entire video content creation and distribution chain, from contribution and production through distribution over cable, satellite and IPTV to OTT video streaming. Magnum Semiconductor is headquartered in Milpitas, California, with sales and engineering offices in Canada, China, and Korea.


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