Fairchild Semiconductor International Inc.
), a provider of high performance semiconductors, formally
announced the acquisition of Xsens to explore the fast-growing 3D
motion tracking market.
Per media reports, the strategic acquisition of Xsens and its
sensor fusion technologies has cost Fairchild about $60 million.
Presently, Fairchild delivers power and mobile semiconductor
technologies to various end markets, including mobile, industrial,
cloud and automotive industries. The integration of Xsens'
capabilities to Fairchild's operations will facilitate the latter
to venture into the lucrative 3D motion tracking market.
The deal will position Fairchild to develop state-of-the-art sensor
solutions and serve traditional industrial and mobile markets, as
well as emerging markets including smart interconnected devices
(the Internet of Things) and cloud-based wearable sensor
The scope for adding value lies in the application skills and the
algorithms deployed in hardware and software. Combining Xsens'
sensor and software skills with its own MEMS
(Micro-electromechanical systems) capability will optimize the
entire motion tracking system for low power.
Based in the Netherlands, Xsens is a dominant player in the 3D
motion tracking market It develops sensor fusion technologies that
allow the physical and digital world to interact seamlessly. The
technology has numerous professional and consumer applications,
such as motion analysis, 3D character animation, health and fitness
and industrial control and stabilization.
Xsens, the maker of MEMS inertial sensors for motion tracking
devices, caters to clients such as
), NBC Universal,
), and Autodesk.
Being a part of Fairchild will expand its access to technology and
resources, enabling it to strengthen its 3D motion tracking product
portfolio and leverage Fairchild's remarkable experience in
semiconductor design and manufacturing.
For the past year, Fairchild has been focusing on technological
transformation of its offerings, driven by innovation. The company
aims to expand its footprint in the fast growing markets which
began with game interfaces and smartphones and quickly found new
applications in smart interconnected devices and wearable body
motion tracking devices for sports, gaming and health.
The move significantly reinforces Fairchild's MEMS and sensor
offerings and is in tune with the firm's corporate strategy.
Fairchild presently carries a Zacks Rank #4 (Sell). A better-ranked
stock in the industry worth considering is
Montage Technology Group Limited
), sporting a Zacks Rank #1 (Strong Buy).
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