Avago Technologies Limited operates as a designer, developer, and supplier of a range of semiconductor devices with a focus on analog III-V based products and complex digital and mixed signal complementary metal oxide semiconductor (CMOS) based devices worldwide. The company offers various products that are used in end products, such as smartphones, enterprise servers and storage systems, hard disk drives (HDDs), solid state drives (SSDs), data networking and telecommunications equipment, factory automation, industrial equipment and consumer appliances. The company offers analog products based on III-V semiconductor materials, which have higher electrical conductivity than silicon and thus tend to have better performance characteristics in radio frequency (RF) and optoelectronic applications. The company’s digital and mixed signal products are based on silicon wafers with CMOS transistors offering fast switching speeds and low power consumption, which are both critical design factors for the markets that the company serves. The company has a direct sales force focused on supporting large original equipment manufacturers (OEMs). The company also distributes a portion of its products through its distribution network, and a significant amount of these sales are to large global electronic components distributors, including Avnet, Inc. and Arrow Electronics, Inc. The company has a base of various end customers, located throughout the world, which the company serves through its multi-channel sales and fulfillment system. In May 2015, the company completed its acquisition of Emulex Corporation (Emulex) through a tender offer and subsequent merger of Emulex into one of the company’s wholly-owned subsidiaries. Products and Markets The company’s product portfolio ranges from discrete devices to complex sub-systems that include multiple device types and incorporate firmware for interfacing between analog and digital systems. In some cases, its products include mechanical hardware that interfaces with optoelectronic or capacitive sensors. Segments The company has four segments: Wireless Communications, Enterprise Storage, Wired Infrastructure, and Industrial & Other, which align with its principal target markets. Wireless Communications This segment supports the wireless communications industry with various RF semiconductor devices that amplify, as well as selectively filter, RF signals. The company’s products include front end modules that incorporate multiple die into multi-function RF devices; duplexers and multiplexers, which are a combination of two or more transmit and receive filters in a single device, using the company’s proprietary film bulk acoustic resonator technology; monolithic or discrete microwave integrated circuit (IC) filters; and discrete transistors. Enterprise Storage This segment’s products enable secure movement of digital data to and from host machines, such as servers, personal computers and storage systems to the underlying storage devices, such as HDDs and SSDs. The company provides read channel-based system-on-a-chip solutions and preamplifiers to HDD OEMs. In addition, the company sells preamplifiers, which are used to amplify the initial signal to and from the drive disk heads so the signal could be processed by the read channel. The company also provides custom flash controllers to SSD OEMs. Flash controllers manage the underlying flash memory in SSDs, performing critical functions, such as reading and writing data to and from the flash memory and performing error correction, wear leveling and bad block management. The company provides Serial attached SCSI and redundant array of independent disks controller and adapter solutions to server and storage system OEMs. These solutions enable secure and high speed data transmission between a host computer, such as a server; and storage peripheral devices, such as HDD, SSD and optical disk drives and disk and tape-based storage systems. Other solutions are delivered as circuit boards, known as adapter products, which incorporate the company’s semiconductors onto a circuit board with other features. With the acquisi
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