5月14日消息，据外媒报道，飞兆半导体（Fairchild Semiconductor International Inc.）正式宣布收购Xsens Technologies BV，以此确认进入惯性MEMS市场，并将大规模生产此类产品。
飞兆半导体总裁兼COO维杰·乌拉尔（Vijay Ullal）称：“我们并不打算正面与意法和应美盛竞争，他们有他们的手机和平板市场，我们将进入低功耗、精度、硬件支撑主导的市场”。飞兆目前已经开发出六度自由加速器及陀螺仪并已生产MEMS部件。（元器件交易网毛毛 摘译）
Fairchild Confirms Fabless MEMS Entry
LONDON — Fairchild Semiconductor International Inc.,based in San Jose, Calif., has confirmed it will enter the inertial MEMS marketwith mass production in 2014 as it formally announced the acquisition of XsensTechnologies BV.
Xsens is a private company that has specialized in 3Dmotion tracking systems based on MEMS inertial sensors. EE Times Europereported the acquisition by Fairchild back in March 2014.
Mark Thompson, CEO of Fairchild, announced at a meetingheld alongside the Global Semiconductor Alliance (GSA) Executive Forum inMunich that the company spent approximately $60 million to acquire Xsens andits sensor fusion technologies. These will enable a number of context-awarenessns in mobile, industrial control and stabilization, and health andfitness applications, as well as 3D character animation, the companies said.
Casper Peeters, co-founder and CEO of Xsens, said:"Xsens has the sensor and software skills. We make systems. Fairchild hasthe low-power MEMS capability." Xsens will operate as an independentsubsidiary of Fairchild and will continue to be headquartered in Enschede, TheNetherlands.
"Xsens algorithms dded within hardware enablevery low-power inertial MEMS. That"s going to come out later this year,"said Vijay Ullal, president and COO of Fairchild. Ullal said Fairchild hasalready developed a six-degrees-of-freedom accelerometer/gyroscope and that itis getting the MEMS part made in a foundry.
"We"re not intending to compete head-on with thelikes of STMicroelectronics and InvenSense. They have their markets in mobilephones and tablets. We will go into markets where low power is important;accuracy is important; support is important," said Ullal. Similarly Ullalsaid Fairchild was not interested in serving the automotive industry withmotion-tracking MEMS at present.
In the past, Xsens has developed motion-tracking productsbased on MEMS inertial sensor technology that it has bought in from supplierssuch as STMicroelectronics. It has provided systems for industrial applicationsand for body-motion tracking used in 3D character animation and sports andfitness studies. Xsens customers include Electronic Arts, NBC Universal,Daimler, and other leading institutes and companies.
"There are plenty of markets beyond smartphones andtablets, especially in wearables and the Internet of Things," Ullal noted,stressing that Fairchild intends to focus on providing application-specificcomponents, subsystems, and complete systems rather than standard MEMScomponents. "The value-add is in the applications knowledge and thealgorithms deployed in hardware and software."
Ullal said that by controlling both the hardware andsoftware Fairchild is able to optimize the whole motion-tracking system for lowpower. "We could bring [MEMS] manufacturing in-house. Right now it"s in afoundry, but that"s not important." He added that Fairchild would buy-inRF, GPS, and magnetometer components or dies to complete motion-trackingsystems as necessary.