Profile: Monolithic Power Systems Inc (MPWR.OQ)
Monolithic Power Systems, Inc., incorporated on February 26, 2004, is a fabless semiconductor company that designs, develops and markets proprietary, analog and mixed-signal semiconductors. The Company combines process technology with its analog designs to produce power management integrated circuits (ICs) for DC to DC converters and lighting control products. The Company’s products are used in computing and network communications products, flat panel TVs, set top boxes, lighting products and a wide variety of consumer and portable electronics products and automotive and industrial markets. The company has a presence in Taiwan, China, Korea and Japan, which operate under MPS International, Ltd. and also has marketing representatives in Europe and Singapore.
Direct Current (DC) to DC Products
DC to DC integrated circuits (ICs) are used to convert and control voltages within a broad range of electronic systems, such as portable electronic devices, wireless LAN access points, computers, set top boxes, TVs and monitors, automobiles and medical equipment. The product results in fewer components, a smaller form factor, more accurate regulation of voltages and increased reliability through the elimination of discrete components and power devices.
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 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 AC line voltage supplied by the utility company (also called AC/DC Offline) and provide precision power and protection to a 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 sells its products through third party distributors, value-added resellers and directly to OEMs, ODMs and electronic manufacturing service (EMS) providers. Its third party distributors are subject to distribution agreements with it which allow the distributor to sell its products to end customers and other resellers. Distributors may distribute its products to end customers which include OEMs, ODMs or EMS providers. The company’s value-added resellers may second source its products and provide other services to customers. ODMs typically design and manufacture electronic products on behalf of OEMs and EMS providers typically provide manufacturing services for OEMs and other electronic product suppliers.
The Company competes with Analog Devices, Fairchild Semiconductor, 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. and Texas Instruments.
Monolithic Power Systems Inc
79 Great Oaks Blvd
SAN JOSE CA 95119