Profile: Monolithic Power Systems Inc (MPWR.OQ)
26 Nov 2014
Monolithic Power Systems, Inc. (MPS), incorporated on February 26, 2004, is a fabless semiconductor company that designs, develops and markets analog and mixed-signal semiconductors. The Company combines advanced process technology with its analog designers to produce high-performance power management integrated circuits (ICs) for direct current (DC) to DC converters and Lighting Control Products. The Company's products are used in computing and network communications products, flat panel television (TVs), set top boxes and a range of consumer and portable electronics products, automotive and industrial markets. As of December 31, 2012, the Company has two primary product families that address multiple applications within the computing, consumer electronics, communications, and industrial/automotive markets. The product families include Direct Current (DC) to DC Converters and Lighting Control Products and AC/DC Offline Solutions. In July 2014, it acquired Sensima Technology SA (Sensima).
Direct Current (DC) to DC Converters
DC to DC converter ICs are used to convert and control voltages within a range of electronic systems. The electronic systems include portable electronic devices, wireless local area network (LAN) access points, computers, set top boxes, TVs and monitors, automobiles and medical equipment.
Lighting Control Products and AC/DC Offline Solutions
Lighting control ICs are used in backlighting and general illumination products. Lighting control ICs for backlighting are used in systems that provide the light source for liquid crystal display (LCD) panels found in notebook computers, LCD monitors, car navigation systems, and LCD televisions. Backlighting solutions are either white light emitting diode (WLED) lighting sources or cold cathode fluorescent lamps (CCFL). WLED lighting control ICs step-up or step-down a DC voltage, or convert from an alternate current (AC) line voltage supplied by the utility company (also called AC/DC Offline) and provide efficient precision power and protection to a light emitting diode (LED) string or to multiple LED strings. The CCFL ICs function by converting low-voltage direct current (DC) or battery voltage to high-voltage alternating current (AC).
The Company competes with Analog Devices, Fairchild Semiconductor International, International Rectifier, Intersil Corporation, Linear Technology, Maxim Integrated Products, Micrel Inc., Microchip Technology, Microsemi Corporation, O2Micro International, ON Semiconductor, Richtek Technology Corporation, Rohm Co., Ltd., Semtech Corporation, STMicroelectronics N.V., Texas Instruments Incorporated and Volterra.
Monolithic Power Systems Inc
79 Great Oaks Blvd
SAN JOSE CA 95119