Design Con 2015
Breaking News
News & Analysis

Maxim to acquire Phyworks for $72.5M

9/8/2010 04:35 PM EDT
4 comments
NO RATINGS
View Comments: Newest First | Oldest First | Threaded View
docdivakar
User Rank
CEO
re: Maxim to acquire Phyworks for $72.5M
docdivakar   9/27/2010 9:48:33 PM
NO RATINGS
The value of patents are obviously measured by the market segment their products are positioned for. It is therefore not uniform valuation and is strictly dependent on the existing/potential market capture. Regarding Maxim's acquisition of PhyWorks, it makes sense since Maxim has some products in the high speed serial communication market but lacks uptodate features that PhyWorks provides. PHY2060 and 2210 are couple of examples that come to mind (equalizing receivers and pre-emphasis drivers at 10Gbps). Dr. MP Divakar

cbjldoqkxlp
User Rank
Rookie
re: Maxim to acquire Phyworks for $72.5M
cbjldoqkxlp   9/9/2010 3:13:19 AM
NO RATINGS
Dude, By your logic, the fewer patents a company has, the more valuable each patent is. That's an odd way to justify the value of patents. c

ANON1235460098216
User Rank
Rookie
re: Maxim to acquire Phyworks for $72.5M
ANON1235460098216   9/8/2010 9:07:36 PM
NO RATINGS
To all those who think the patent system isn't working for small companies in the electronics field, these acquisitions would seem to indicate otherwise. Phyworks has just 3 issued US patents and 7 published US patent applications. If we assume that half the $72M purchase price is due to these 10 items of IP, that means each patent/patent application provided an extra $3.6M to the founders and early investors. Teridian Semiconductor has just 7 issued US patents. Assuming half the $315M in cash is due to these patents, that means each provided an extra $78.5M to founders and early investors. Mobilygen has 4 issued patents and 5 published applications, but the amount the company was acquired for is not disclosed.

elctrnx_lyf
User Rank
Manager
re: Maxim to acquire Phyworks for $72.5M
elctrnx_lyf   9/8/2010 6:28:43 PM
NO RATINGS
That is really a buying spree. So many acquisitions with in couple of years is a great activity by any company. Started mainly as mixed signal semiconductor company now the Maxim has true potential to be one of the leading semiconductor company due to their versatile chips in different applications. The acquisition of Phyworks will put Maxim in a real good position to serve the fiber optic telecommunication market which is still evolving because of the consumer premises equipments developed to serve the needs of the FTTH.

Radio
LATEST ARCHIVED BROADCAST
EE Times Senior Technical Editor Martin Rowe will interview EMC engineer Kenneth Wyatt.
Top Comments of the Week
Like Us on Facebook

Datasheets.com Parts Search

185 million searchable parts
(please enter a part number or hit search to begin)
EE Times on Twitter
EE Times Twitter Feed
Flash Poll