Silicon Laboratories Acquires Silicon Clocks and CMEMS™ Technology

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Wednesday, April 28, 2010 7:00 am CDT

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AUSTIN, Texas

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SLAB
"The Silicon Clocks team has created a very innovative MEMS technology that is designed to be compatible with standard CMOS mixed-signal ICs, enabling a new category of timing products that reduce system cost and optimize performance in a tiny footprint"

AUSTIN, Texas--(BUSINESS WIRE)--AUSTIN, Texas--(BUSINESS WIRE)--Silicon Laboratories Inc. (Nasdaq: SLAB) today announced the acquisition of Silicon Valley-based Silicon Clocks, an early stage company creating innovative microelectromechanical system (MEMS) technology. Silicon Clocks’ CMEMS™ (CMOS+MEMS) technology is aligned with Silicon Labs’ efforts to leverage its CMOS-based timing products into high-volume applications such as consumer electronics.

Silicon Clocks pioneered the development of a MEMS process technology that allows for the fabrication of MEMS resonators and other sensor structures directly on top of standard CMOS wafers. This approach will eliminate the need for boutique semiconductor processing and enables new levels of performance, integration, and size by eliminating the electrical parasitics and packaging issues associated with traditional solutions that co-package a standalone MEMS device and an IC.

“The Silicon Clocks team has created a very innovative MEMS technology that is designed to be compatible with standard CMOS mixed-signal ICs, enabling a new category of timing products that reduce system cost and optimize performance in a tiny footprint,” said Mark Downing, vice president of business development and corporate strategy for Silicon Laboratories. “In addition, we believe this is a strategic technology platform uniquely capable of integrating several different MEMS with their associated CMOS circuitry on the same monolithic die.”

Silicon Clocks will augment Silicon Labs’ R&D team and bring 20 key patents to the company.

About Silicon Clocks

Headquartered in Fremont, CA, Silicon Clocks was founded in 2006 to develop high performance semiconductor timing and sensor designs and its patented CMEMS™ technology. Silicon Clocks was backed by leading venture investors including Tallwood Venture Capital, Charles River Ventures, Formative Ventures, Lux Capital and Silicon Labs. For more information visit www.siliconclocks.com

About Silicon Laboratories Inc.

Silicon Laboratories is an industry leader in the innovation of high-performance, analog-intensive, mixed-signal ICs. Developed by a world-class engineering team with unsurpassed expertise in mixed-signal design, Silicon Labs’ diverse portfolio of highly-integrated, easy-to-use products offers customers significant advantages in performance, size and power consumption. These patented solutions serve a broad set of markets and applications including consumer, communications, computing, industrial and automotive.

Headquartered in Austin, TX, Silicon Labs is a global enterprise with operations, sales and design activities worldwide. The company is committed to contributing to our customers’ success by recruiting the highest quality talent to create industry-changing innovations. For more information about Silicon Labs, please visit www.silabs.com.

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This press release contains forward-looking statements based on Silicon Laboratories’ current expectations. The words “believe,” “estimate,” “expect,” “intend,” “anticipate,” “plan,” “project,” “will,” “expanding,” “growing,” and similar phrases as they relate to Silicon Laboratories or Integration Associates are intended to identify such forward-looking statements. These forward-looking statements reflect the current views and assumptions of Silicon Laboratories and are subject to various risks and uncertainties that could cause actual results to differ materially from expectations. Among the factors that could cause actual results to differ materially from those in the forward-looking statements are the following: risks related to the successful completion of the development and implementation of Silicon Clocks’ technology, risks that the acquisition may not yield the expected benefits due to the failure to properly integrate the acquired business and employees; risks that the acquired business’ products and processes under development may fail to achieve market acceptance; risks of disputes regarding the acquired business and intellectual property; risks that the performance of Silicon Laboratories’ existing business may not offset the dilutive effect of the acquisition; risks associated with the competitive and cyclical nature of the semiconductor industry and other factors that are detailed in Silicon Laboratories’ filings with the SEC. Silicon Laboratories disclaims any intention or obligation to update or revise any forward-looking statements, whether as a result of new information, future events or otherwise.

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