Silicon Laboratories, Inc. (Silicon Labs) is a fabless global technology company that designs and manufactures semiconductors, other silicon devices and software, which it sells to electronics design engineers and manufacturers in Internet of Things (IoT) infrastructure, industrial automation, consumer and automotive markets worldwide.

Silicon Laboratories Inc.
Public
Traded asNASDAQSLAB
S&P 400 Component
IndustrySemiconductors
Founded1996[1]
Headquarters
Austin, Texas, United States
Key people
Tyson Tuttle (CEO), Nav Sooch (Chairman)
ProductsMicrocontrollers
Sensors
RevenueIncrease US$ 868.2 million (Dec 29, 2018)[2]
Increase US$ 85.2 million (Dec 29, 2018)
Increase US$ 83.5 million (Dec 29, 2018)
Total assetsIncrease US$ 1,624 million (Dec 29, 2018)
Total equityIncrease US$ 1,067 million (Dec 29, 2018)
Number of employees
1,500 (Jan. 2019)[3]
Websitewww.silabs.com

It is headquartered in Austin, Texas, United States. The company focuses on microcontrollers (MCUs), wireless system on chips (SoCs), timing devices, digital isolation devices, sensors and broadcast devices. The company also produces software stacks including firmware libraries and protocol-based software, and a free software development platform called Simplicity Studio[4].

Silicon Labs was founded in 1996 and released its first product, an updated DAA design that enabled manufacturers to reduce the size and cost of a modem, two years later[5]. During its first three years, the company focused on RF and CMOS integration[5], and developed the world's first CMOS RF synthesizer for mobile phones which was released in 1999[5]. Following the appointment of Tyson Tuttle as the CEO in 2012[6], Silicon Labs has increasingly focused on developing solutions for the IoT market[7], which accounts for more than 50 percent of the company's revenue (April 2019)[8].

In 1998, Silicon Labs released its first product, an updated Direct Access Arrangement (DAA) design that enabled manufacturers to reduce the size and cost of a modem.

In August 2019, Silicon Labs had more than 1,700 patents worldwide issued or pending[9].

Company historyEdit

Silicon Labs was founded by Crystal Semiconductor (now owned by Cirrus Logic Inc.) alumni Nav Sooch, Dave Welland and Jeff Scott in 1996[10]. It became a publicly traded company in 2000[10]. The first product, an updated DAA design, was released in the market in 1998. It cost significantly less than traditional DAAs and used less space compared to established products, which made it an instant success, taking the company's sales from $5.6 million in 1998 to nearly $47 million in 1999[5].

During its early years, the company focused on developing an improved RF synthesizer for mobile phones that would cost less and take up less space. It introduced its first RF Chip in late 1999[5].

Since 2012, Silicon Labs has been increasingly focused on developing solutions for the evolving IoT market[11].

Key product launchesEdit

  • In 1998, released updated DAA design[5].
  • In 1999, launched RF Chip[5].
  • In 2001, released first products in its timing portfolio, a family of clock generators designed for high-speed communication systems[12].
  • In 2003, entered the mixed-signal MCU market with analog-intensive high-speed 8-bit MCUs[13].
  • In 2004, released its first crystal oscillator family featuring patented digital phase locked loop (DSPLL) technology[14].
  • In 2005, introduced a single-chip FM receiver, which enabled FM radio to be installed in a new range of applications[15].
  • In 2006, entered the automotive electronics market with the launch of an integrated MCU family[16].
  • In 2007, launched industry's first single-port PoE interface with integrated DC-DC controller[17].
  • In 2008, released industry's smallest fully integrated automotive AM/FM radio receiver IC[18].
  • In 2009, entered the human interface market with a portfolio of fast-response touch, proximity and ambient light sensor devices[19].
  • In 2010, introduced industry's first single-chip multimedia digital TV demodulator[20].
  • In 2011, released industry's first single-chip hybrid TV receiver[21].
  • In 2012, entered the ARM-based 32-bit MCU market with a line of mixed-signal MCUs with USB and non-USB options[22].
  • In 2013, introduced the world's first single-chip digital radio receivers for consumer electronics[23].
  • In 2014, released the world's first digital ultraviolet index sensors[24].
  • In 2015, launched Thread networking technology for connecting devices including wireless sensor networks, thermostats, connected lighting devices and control panels [25].
  • In 2016, released Gecko family of multiprotocol wireless SoC devices[26].
  • In 2017, launched industry's first wireless clocks that support 4G/LTE and Ethernet[27].
  • In 2018, launched Z-Wave 700 hardware/software IoT platform[28].
  • In 2019, launched updated version of wireless Gecko web development platform[29].

LeadershipEdit

  • Tyson Tuttle, President and Chief Executive Officer
  • John Hollister, Chief Financial Officer
  • Brandon Tolany, Senior Vice President, Worldwide Sales
  • Alessandro Piovaccari, Senior Vice President of Engineering and Chief Technical Officer
  • Daniel Cooley, Senior Vice President, Chief Strategy Officer
  • Matt Johnson, Senior Vice President and General Manager, IoT Products
  • Mark Thompson, Senior Vice President and General Manager, Infrastructure
  • Sandeep Kumar, Senior Vice President of Worldwide Operations
  • Lori Knowlton, Chief People Officer

ProductsEdit

Silicon Labs provides semiconductor products for use in a variety of electronic products in applications including connected devices, AM/FM radios and other consumer electronics, networking equipment, test and measurement equipment, industrial monitoring and control, home automation, automotive systems and customer-premises equipment (CPE). The company also provides development kits and software including Simplicity Studio, an integrated development environment for IoT connected device applications.

Silicon Labs’ portfolio is organized around four focus areas: Internet of Things, Infrastructure, Broadcast, and Access.

Internet of ThingsEdit

InfrastructureEdit

BroadcastEdit

  • Automotive radio
  • TV tuners

AccessEdit

Industry associationsEdit

Silicon Labs is a founding member of both the ZigBee Alliance[30] and the Thread Group[31]. The company is also a member of the Bluetooth Special Interest Group[32], Wi-Fi Alliance[33], Z-Wave Alliance[34] and a Gold member of the Open Connectivity Foundation[35] and the RISC-V Foundation[36].

AcquisitionsEdit

  • In 2003, Silicon Labs acquired Cygnal Integrated Products[37].
  • In 2005, Silicon Labs acquired Silicon Magike[38].
  • In 2006, Silicon Labs acquired Silembia[39].
  • In 2008, Silicon Labs acquired Integration Associates[40].
  • In 2010, Silicon Labs acquired Silicon Clocks[41].
  • In 2010, Silicon Labs acquired ChipSensors[42].
  • In 2011, Silicon Labs acquired SpectraLinear[43].
  • In 2012, Silicon labs acquired Ember Corporation[44].
  • In 2013, Silicon Labs acquired Energy Micro[45].
  • In 2014, Silicon Labs acquired the full product portfolio of Touchstone Semiconductor[46].
  • In 2015, Silicon Labs acquired Bluegiga[47].
  • In 2015, Silicon Labs acquired Telegesis[48].
  • In 2016, Silicon Labs acquired Micrium[49].
  • In 2017, Silicon Labs acquired Zentri[50].
  • In 2018, Silicon Labs acquired the Z-Wave business from Sigma Designs[51].

FinancesEdit

For the fiscal year 2018, Silicon Labs reported earnings of $84 million with an annual revenue of $868 million, reflecting a 13% increase from fiscal year 2017[9]. Its market capitalization was valued at $4.23 billion in June 2019[52].

LocationsEdit

Silicon Labs is headquartered in Austin, Texas, with regional offices in Boston, Massachusetts; San Jose, California; and Weston, Florida. The company has also corporate offices in Sydney, Australia; Quebec, Canada; Copenhagen, Denmark; Espoo, Finland; Budapest, Hungary; Oslo, Norway; Singapore; and High Wycombe, the UK.

It has 15 sales offices across the world. These include Boston and San Jose in the US; Beijing, Shanghai, Shenzhen and Wuhan in China; Espoo, Finland; Montigny-le-Bretonneux, France; Munich, Germany; Milan, Italy; Tokyo, Japan; Seoul, South Korea; Singapore; Taipei, Taiwan; and Camberley, the UK.

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