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$3.8 billion! SSD Control Manufacturer SMI was acquired by Maxlinear!

An overview of the main points
◆ After the merger, the semiconductor business will have a revenue strength of $2 billion
◆ After the merger, SMI's NAND Flash control chip technology + existing customer relationships will be combined with Maxlinear's broadband, connectivity and infrastructure market leadership
◆ Maxlinear's combined market potential will double by approximately $15 billion, making it one of the top 10 fabless semiconductor suppliers
◆ American Depositary certificate holders of SMI will receive $114.34 per share in cash and stock consideration, valuing SMI at $3.8 billion

Detailed Breaking news

On the evening of May 5, 2022, SMI, a leading SSD manufacturer, and MaxLinear, a leading supplier of rf, analog, digital, and mixed-signal integrated circuits for industrial and multi-market applications, announced that they have reached a definitive agreement. Acquisition of SMI by MaxLinear in a cash and stock transaction at $114.34 per American Depositary Share (ADS) based on MaxLinear’s closing price on May 4th!

The combined company would be worth $8 billion. Under the merger, Each Of SMI’s American Depositary receipts (equivalent to four common shares of Huirong) will receive $93.54 in cash and 0.388 common shares of MaxLinear.


The news that SMI might be sold was first reported by Bloomberg on April 25, which alarmed the industry. At that time, Flash information and SMI were close to the senior industry consultation, and the other party said “never heard of, should not be possible”. Another insider told Flash news that “SMI is in the United States to discuss details”, but later retracted the remarks. These circumstances reflect how much SMI respects the acquisition of the news of the sensitive degree. Now, the acquisition of SMI and MaxLinear will be what kind of sparks, we wait and see!

Screenshot from Bloomberg

SMI said that after the strategic merger, it is expected to drive the transformational scale advantage, create a diversified technology portfolio, greatly expand the combined company’s overall potential market, and create a stable profit, cash flow rich semiconductor enterprise leader.

After the acquisition, the combined company will build on MaxLinear’s RF, analog/mixed-signal, and processing capabilities, combined with SMI’s leading NAND Flash controller chip technology, with combined annual revenue of over $2 billion and an overall potential market opportunity of $15 billion.

The combined scale is expected to provide additional technology, resources, and capabilities to further accelerate product innovation, improve operational efficiency and reduce manufacturing costs more effectively. MaxLinear and SMI Technologies will share extensive resources to better support the combined company’s extensive customer relationships. At least $100 million in annual run-rate synergies are expected to be realized within 18 months of closing.

Remarks by 2 CEO of two companies separately

Resolution “today’s announcement to celebrate the two companies merge milestone, a decade of two companies in their respective industry major innovation achievement is there for all to see. The merged company scale, in the semiconductor industry, has produced results of more than $2 billion of new giant, run across a range of diverse end markets at the same time, the status and landscape are to be reckoned with. MaxLinear has demonstrated a strong and successful integration track record and looks forward to continued strong growth, exceptional operating profit margins, and substantial cash flow from this combination.”

Dr. KishoreSeendripu, chairman and CEO of MaxLinear stated

“Over the past 20 years, we have built and grown SMI Technology, committed to driving innovation, working with all our key customers, and supporting our peers around the world. The merger of SMI Technology and Maxlinear Technology has created huge economies of scale and accelerated our expansion into the enterprise storage market. Combined with our unparalleled smart property lineup, we continue to serve our customers in all sectors with high-quality expertise and technical support. This transaction will deliver compelling value to our shareholders, ensure our company achieves its growth objectives and continue to advance our position in the high-growth storage end market. We are delighted to be partnering with the Marling team to take the potential and prospects of the combined business to new and higher levels.

SMI Technology General Manager and CEO Gou Jiazhang said:

Profiles of the two companies

▶ About MaxLinear

MaxLinear Technologies, Inc. (NASDAQ: MXL) is a leading supplier of radio frequency (RF), analog, digital, and mixed-signal integrated circuits for access and connectivity technologies, wired and wireless infrastructure, and industrial and multimarket applications.

▶ About SMI Technology

One of the world’s two largest NAND Flash control chip suppliers, with a broad portfolio of control chip technology, controller products are widely used in data centers, PCS, smartphones, as well as a variety of commercial and industrial applications SSD and eMMC+UFS devices storage products.

Over the past 10 years, SMI has shipped more than 6 billion UNITS of NAND control chips and also provides customized high-performance ultra-large-scale data centers and industrial SSD solutions to most of the major NAND Flash manufacturers, memory module manufacturers, and OEM leaders.

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