STMicroelectronics announces purchase and integration of SOMOS Semiconductor

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STMicroelectronics recently announced it has acquired SOMOS Semiconductor, a manufacturer of radiofrequency (RF) front-end modules (FEMs) and power amplifiers. The Swiss corporation stated it would integrate the French startup’s assets and staff into its operations.

The purchasing firm did not disclose details of the transaction.

Details on SOMOS Semiconductor

Founded in 2018, SOMOS sought to make an impression in the electronic components sector by harnessing decades of experience to offer leading-edge products.

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The company aimed to break into the 4G and 5G-enabled Internet of Things (IoT) fields. To that end, its research and design group, which had a cumulative 400 years of industry expertise, produced a wide range of innovative RF products. The firm’s lineup included ultra-small RF modules, universally adaptive power amplifiers, and high linearity RF switches.

SOMOS also provided its clients with custom design services to address their particular needs and challenges.

Despite its relative youth, the firm attracted investments from French banks and private equity firms like bpifrance and Omes Capital. The Marly-le-Roy-based chipmaker likely won the support of its backers because of its expansive technological resources. Its staffers had familiarity with complementary metal-oxide-semiconductor (CMOS), silicon-on-insulator (SOI), and gallium arsenide (GaAs) production technologies.

Why ST Acquired SOMOS

In a press release, ST explained it snapped up SOMOS to expand its knowledge base and pursue greater market opportunities.

The Swiss chipmaker noted its latest acquisition would support its strategy of becoming a leading RF FEM provider. The firm explained it perceives the nascent IoT connectivity sector as having real potential for growth. Since ResearchandMarkets predicts the global IoT component industry will reach $525.4 billion in value by 2025, its assessment seems valid.

As SOMOS had been an RF FEM innovator, its employees and intellectual property portfolio will provide its new owner with a market advantage.

In addition, ST revealed it has already worked with its new property to develop a new product. The two firms designed a new narrowband IoT/ LTE CAT-M1 module that is presently undergoing qualification. Going forward, the acquiring corporation will use its new subsidiary’s technology and specialists to pursue its RF FEM roadmap.

In July, ST offered a forecast that included a 17.29 percent sequential increase in Q3 revenue and a 5.11 percent uptick in annual sales. If the chipmaker continues shaping its lineup to meet market demand, its growth trend should extend into 2021 and beyond.

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