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OMG! Lattice Semiconductor to acquire SiliconBlue!

Clive Maxfield
12/9/2011 04:57 PM EST

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John.Donovan
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re: OMG! Lattice Semiconductor to acquire SiliconBlue!
John.Donovan   12/16/2011 4:16:30 PM
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Very good move for Lattice--they acquire key technology and a great team. I think Xilinx and Altera missed the boat on this one. Good one, Kapil!

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re: OMG! Lattice Semiconductor to acquire SiliconBlue!
jg_   12/13/2011 6:52:46 PM
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RE my question of 'How did the VC actually do', I found this at TechCrunch ["Founded in 2006, SiliconBlue raised over $60 million in funding from private equity firm Atlantic Bridge, BlueRun Ventures, Crosslink Capital, NEA and Apex Venture Partners. Just recently, the company secured $18 million in Series D financing."] - so the price seems (maybe) good for Lattice, and not so good for SB investors ?

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re: OMG! Lattice Semiconductor to acquire SiliconBlue!
Max The Magnificent   12/13/2011 1:48:11 PM
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I think my surprise was that SiliconBlue had been slogging away and (as far as I could see) were poised on the brink of making a big splash... ... so it makes sense for them to be acquired ... it's just that I was expecting them to really calve their own niche...

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re: OMG! Lattice Semiconductor to acquire SiliconBlue!
jg_   12/12/2011 9:28:32 PM
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["I have to admit that I am completely blown away… I certainly didn’t see this one coming"] Why the surprise ? SiliconBlue investors get to cash-up, (how did they actually do here ?) and who were the possible buyers ? Xilinx: Seem to have forgotten their small/low power families. Altera: Probably did not see room between MAX V and smallest FPGA Atmel: Maybe too advanced for Atmel Cypress: Abandoned CPLD, but do have expensive uC+CPLD offerings. So that leaves Lattice, who DO have MACH4000Z and MachXO2 already in this space. (So at least they know the space exists...) Their MachXO2 has also been rather slow to deploy, which suggests some problems, and so SiliconBlue looks like a very good idea. What happens next, will be worth watching. SiliconBlue's tools are a LOT more expensive than Lattice's.

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re: OMG! Lattice Semiconductor to acquire SiliconBlue!
SZA   12/10/2011 1:13:58 AM
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Good news for both sides esp. SiliconBlue. SiliconBlue focus on low power and small footprint FPGAs with embedded NVM to keep pace with latest node unlike Flash and classical architecture turned out to be a successful differentiation (compared to Ultra large Abound FPGAs and ASIC-Tranfer-friendly TierLogic) in the new generation of FPGA startups. They survived the BIG2 and got acquired by #4 (or perhaps 3, i dont know current state of Microsemi vs Lattice).

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Max The Magnificent   12/9/2011 5:08:14 PM
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Well, I was settling in to a slow Friday morning when this happened. Now I'm abuzz with excitement... who knows what else today will bring...

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