Micrel Inc. has signed a definitive agreement to acquire the business of Discera Inc., a leading provider of silicon timing solutions. The acquisition is intended to complement Micrel's high performance clock and timing products, as well as expand its MEMS (micro-electrical mechanical systems) capabilities. The transaction is expected to close in September of 2013. Micrel expects the acquisition will be slightly dilutive in 2013 and neutral to slightly accretive in 2014 on a GAAP basis.
Discera has been on the forefront of MEMS resonator development, creating a disruptive technology in the timing space. Discera's PureSiliconoscillators and Crystal-lessclock generators provide a variety of significant benefits to timing customers, including system-wide cost effective solutions, enhanced ruggedness, space savings, and excellent stability over a wide temperature range.
"Micrel's and Discera's technologies and products are well aligned from a strategic perspective, bringing more best-in-class products to broader markets and a worldwide customer base. With this addition, along with our PhaseLink acquisition and our recently released ClockWorksFlex and Fusion products, Micrel plans to be a one-stop shop for our customers' high-performance clock and timing needs," noted Ray Zinn, Chairman and CEO, Micrel. "The acquisition of Discera substantially enhances Micrel's penetration into the timing market and provides a strong MEMS-based platform for further growth. Micrel has been building MEMS devices for the past 15 years for our foundry customers. The addition of the Discera MEMS product line will greatly enhance Micrel's MEMS presence and capability. Furthermore, the Discera technical team gives Micrel the intellectual property and technical know-how to pursue not only MEMS-based timing devices but also other types of MEMS devices."