22 Jul '16, 3pm

Thoughtful analysis of the Infineon acquisition announcement by @compoundsemi

On July 14th, Infineon Technologies announced they had entered into a definitive agreement to buy Wolfspeed and the SiC substrate business of Cree for $850 million. As a quick refresher, Wolfspeed was the name chosen by Cree’s Power and RF Group in 2015 in anticipation of a planned IPO. At the time, this plan made a lot of sense. The vast majority of Cree’s revenue is in the lighting market and spinning out Wolfspeed would allow them to focus solely on that market. Wolfspeed would be decoupled from the challenges of the lighting market and they would be free to pursue RF and high power electronics opportunities with their GaN and SiC products. Cree planned to maintain the majority stake in Wolfspeed and nurture their investment by providing GaN and SiC foundry services and IP to the new company. Early in 2016, Cree announced the planned IPO of Wolfspeed would be delayed un...

Full article: http://www.compoundsemiconductor.net/article/99829-what-d...

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