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Dc19868
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re: Microsemi buys Actel for $430 million
Dc19868   10/11/2010 10:16:47 PM
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Actel is a useless company with a very Bad management and technical team Support. The Uk Team is really Bad.

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grumpy   10/8/2010 7:56:11 PM
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Very much true, but only part of the story. Actel has a sad execution history that pegged it at 200M$ or there abouts. The only way out was to be bought and have some real edgy management put in. The Ramius Group was right in many respects. Go back to EX, a really simple device, due in 4 months from a sales conf announcement in the late 90s - after a very long wait....it staggered into life far too late. Then there was the really sad chasing of the Holy Grail, Rio, ne SPGA [circa 1996]..an SRAM family. The upgrade from Fusion to SmartFusion took practically 5 years, some find that a sad joke. This is mostly about key customer/market match up, and the drive for profit. As far as I can tell the deal is self financing, not bad! What's interesting is the PR damage control already in action, see Dylan McGrath on EET, and trawl through this week's SEC filings from Actel if you want more. I wouldn't be designing in Actel parts into consumer or commercial designs as of today, maybe in 12 months when the dust has settled.

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re: Microsemi buys Actel for $430 million
Navelpluis   10/7/2010 7:54:53 AM
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Donscoggin, You're right: I should clarify what I mean: Look at the margin per individual part: On caps this can be, say, 50% margin and much more. Compare this with the 3% for the main silicon part. (just an example). Now imagine how many caps and resistors and regulators there are around. Look where the *margin* goes. Vishay and National Semiconductors are doing very well (and for the latter: they deserve it, because I consider this as one as the best companies)

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Donscoggin   10/6/2010 8:24:20 PM
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How can you say discretes are the "highest margin products in a device"? what is your criteria? Look at Vishay's, Murata, Avx etc and compare them to Intel, Linear Tech, Maxim. Your claim is non sensical!

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re: Microsemi buys Actel for $430 million
Donscoggin   10/6/2010 8:21:07 PM
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Their CEO claimed had a college degree and when confronted with this lie continued to lie. The board did nothing but say Whoops He forgot. My guess is that he is running a semiconductor Ponzi scheme. Smells too much like a version of Tyco, Enron, or Bernie Madoff type of growth.

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re: Microsemi buys Actel for $430 million
Navelpluis   10/6/2010 9:03:25 AM
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Maybe I see ghosts, but I see this has a more impact than anyone may expect. Actel recently has released a few VERY powerful devices, with ARM core integrated in them for the first time. In the cryptology area this is a very interesting FPGA family, due to the fact that they are really secure. For this specific market one can conclude that this must be *horrible* that ACTEL is beeing taken over with the message that 'competing devices' will be scrapped. See www.cryptomuseum.com for our spare time projects, here you see why I can make this opinion with 'some' background ;-) BTW, transistors and diodes and other 'chicken food' are the most high margin products in any electronics device. Our managers (as stupid as they are) always look at the few big chips on the board, but not to the small stuff around them to let them work. These go into numbers! ;-)

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docdivakar   10/5/2010 11:58:44 PM
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@mark.lapedus: I too do not see "synergy" in the acquisition. But diversification may be a bigger driving force than synergy and it must have led to the maneuver, your story on board changes and power plays not withstanding. Besides, there need not be 100% fit in product or technology offerings between the two companies for a merger. Diversification and future technology evolutions may be the driving forces for the merger. Perhaps the big cheese at Microsemi see possibilities in narrowing some Actel product lines and refocus the resources on some new products and/or technology? Dr. MP Divakar

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mark.lapedus   10/5/2010 5:12:08 AM
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Here's what happened: In 2008, investment firm Ramius took a 6.6% stake in Actel. (http://www.eetimes.com/electronics-news/4079400/Rumor-mill-Actel-to-see-layoffs). Then, Ramius wanted Actel to divest its flash-based FPGA lines. (http://www.eetimes.com/electronics-news/4080068/Investor-to-Actel-Divest-flash-FPGAs). Actel blinked. Ramius was put on the board-and forced Actel's hand. That, in my opinion, was the beginning of the end. Actel was forced to sell. Enter Microsemi. There is no synergy. Only a match made in .... Do I have it wrong?

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Bruzzer   10/5/2010 3:30:23 AM
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They did say aerospace, like military maybe; interesting. mb

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Max The Magnificent   10/5/2010 2:31:52 AM
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Cheeky! :-) But as I noted in one of my blogs (http://bit.ly/claPNl) I really enjoy your video blogs -- I look forward to quaffing a few beers with you and Tony Burch if I ever manage to visit "Down Under"

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