Intersil buys Great Wall Semiconductor to boost power MOSFET expertise

September 11, 2015 // By Graham Prophet
Intersil, based in Milpitas, California, is to acquire Great Wall Semiconductor (GWS, Tempe, Arizona), a private technology company developing state-of-the-art power MOSFET technology for cloud computing, space and consumer applications. Lateral power MOSFET expertise and IP is particularly cited.

Intersil comments that GWS’s design team brings valuable experience in advanced design and process technology to enable power efficiency gains and footprint reduction in complex power systems. GWS’s existing and emerging FET products in combination with Intersil’s power controller portfolio, are expected to expand Intersil’s addressable market and provide compelling integration opportunities to accelerate innovation in the development of next generation power stages.

“This small but experienced team will be a great asset as we continue to expand our power management capabilities,” said Mark Downing, senior vice president of corporate strategy and infrastructure power products. “Intersil’s strategy is based on establishing market leadership through the development of highly efficient and highly integrated power management solutions.”

“GWS has differentiated itself through expertise in Lateral Power MOSFET device and processing technology combined with miniature chipscale packaging,“ said Sam Anderson, CEO of Great Wall Semiconductor. “We have developed important intellectual property that enables energy savings and environmental progress that can now reach a broader set of customers and markets as we become part of Intersil.”

Intersil acquired GWS for initial cash consideration of $19 million, with up to $4 million additional cash consideration based on the achievement of post-closing business metrics through 2016.

Great Wall Semiconductor was founded in 2002, and has 10 employees. GWS has been awarded 22 patents related to lateral low voltage power MOSFET technology. The technology has been successfully deployed to enable efficient power conversion in cloud computing, space and mobile applications.