Profile: Silicon Laboratories Inc (SLAB.O)
23 Apr 2014
Silicon Laboratories Inc., incorporated on August 19, 1996, designs and develops analog-intensive, mixed-signal and integrated circuits (ICs) for a broad range of applications. The Company’s mixed- signal integrated circuits (ICs) are electronic components that convert real-world analog signals, such as sound and radio waves, into digital signals that electronic products can process. Therefore, mixed-signal ICs are critical components in products addressing a variety of markets, including communications, consumer, industrial and automotive. The Company provides analog-intensive, mixed-signal solutions for use in a variety of electronic products in a range of applications including portable devices, amplitude modulation/frequency modulation ( AM/FM )radios and other consumer electronics, networking equipment, test and measurement equipment, industrial monitoring and control, and customer premises equipment. Its products integrate complex mixed-signal functions that are frequently performed by numerous discrete components in competing products into a single chip or chipset. On July 3, 2012, the Company acquired Ember Corporation. In March 2014, Silicon Laboratories Inc purchased the full product portfolio and intellectual property of California-based Touchstone Semiconductor Inc.
The Company’s products include broad-based products, which include its microcontrollers, timing products (clocks and oscillators), power and isolation devices, and touch controllers; broadcast products, which include its broadcast audio and video products; access products, which include its voice over IP (VoIP) products, embedded modems and its Power over Ethernet (PoE) devices, and mature products, which include certain devices that are at the end of their respective life cycles and therefore receive minimal or no continued research and development investment.
The Company offers a family of products ideal for embedded systems that include, 8-bit mixed-signal microcontrollers, 32-bit wireless MCUs acquired in 2012, ultra low power 32-bit MCUs introduced in 2012 as well as peripheral devices, such as EZRadio family of fully integrated, low power transceivers. Its DSPLL and MultiSynth technologies to offer frequency agile, extremely low jitter clock and oscillator products.The Company’s digital isolators and related products leverage patented isolation techniques to enable, for example, multiple channels of isolation on a single device, simplifying design and reducing system cost. Its sensor products include touch controllers, proximity sensors, ambient light sensors and RH/humidity sensors.
The Company’s AM and FM receivers deliver the entire tuner from antenna input to audio output in a single chip. Its complete, globally-compliant hybrid television (TV) tuners with analog TV demodulator in a single CMOS IC leverage its digital low-IF architecture and exceed the performance of traditional discrete TV tuners, enabling TV makers to deliver improved picture quality and better reception for both analog and digital broadcasts. Its small, low power and high performance digital video demodulators support DVB-T/T2, DVB-S/S2, and/or DVB-C in a single chip and are ideal for equipment receiving digital terrestrial, satellite and/or cable services.
The Company’s ProSLIC provides the analog subscriber line interface on the source end of the telephone which generates dial tone, busy tone, caller ID and ring signal. The ISOmodem embedded modems leverage silicon direct access arrangement (DAA) technology and a digital signal processor to deliver a globally compliant, small analog modem for embedded applications. Its Power over Ethernet (PoE) power source equipment and powered device ICs offer differentiated solutions with a reduced total bill of materials (BOM) and improved performance and reliability.
The Company competes with Analog Devices, Atmel, Conexant, Cypress, Epson, Freescale, IDT, Lantiq, Maxim Integrated Products, MaxLinear, Microchip, Microsemi, NXP Semiconductors, Renesas, Sony Semiconductor, STMicroelectronics, Texas Instruments, Vectron International and others.
Silicon Laboratories Inc
400 West Cesar Chavez
AUSTIN TX 78701