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Samsung finalises deals with SK Hynix, IXYS

05 Jul 2013  | Elmie Gonzales

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South Korean electronics juggernaut Samsung Electronics Corp. is on a roll this week, as announcements regarding the conclusion of its patent-related negotiations with SK Hynix and selling off its 4bit and 8bit MCU series to IXYS Corp. have been finalised this week.

Samsung and SK Hynix have struck a cross-licensing deal to end their 3-year long talks regarding semiconductor patents. The details of this agreement have not been released, but the move will help "accelerate innovation in the semiconductor space," and lead to "richer development of value-added products," Samsung said in a brief statement.

We have previously reported IXYS' intentions to buy out Samsung's 4bit and 8bit microcontroller (MCU) lines and this week, the sale has been completed.

IXYS' wholly-owned subsidiary, Zilog Inc., will offer the 4bit and 8bit MCUs, as well as its current expansive MCU product offerings. In fact, many of Samsung's MCUs were originally based on Zilog's legendary cores. Zilog will assume responsibility for customer support, R&D and supply chain of these acquired products.

Zilog will be working closely with Samsung to transition the product line, with expectations for quality products and timely deliveries. IXYS and Samsung have also secured a four-year foundry agreement, which will provide ample product supply for current Samsung customers.

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