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79 Great Oaks Boulevard

San Jose, CA 95119

United States

Phone: 408-826-0600


Monolithic Power Systems, Inc. designs, develops and markets integrated power semiconductor solutions and power delivery architectures. The company designs and provides power solutions for systems found in industrial applications, telecommunication infrastructures, cloud computing, automotive, and consumer applications. In 2014, the company completed the acquisition of Sensima Technology SA (Sensima), a company based in Switzerland that develops magnetic sensors for angle measurement, as well as three-dimensional magnetic field sensing. Sensima’s products are based on Hall devices that are directly integrated with the signal treatment and instantaneously detect and deliver the angle value in digital format. Their angle sensors are used in rotary encoders, electronically commutated motors and a range of products. Products and Applications The company has two primary product families that address multiple applications within the communications, storage and computing, consumer and industrial markets. These product families include direct current (DC) to DC products, and lighting control products and AC/DC offline solutions. DC to DC Products DC to DC ICs are used to convert and control voltages within a range of electronic systems, such as portable electronic devices, wireless LAN access points, computers, and monitors, automobiles and medical equipment. Lighting Control Products and AC/DC Offline Solutions Lighting control ICs are used in backlighting and general illumination products. Lighting control ICs for backlighting are used in systems that provide the light source for LCD panels typically found in notebook computers, LCD monitors, car navigation systems, and LCD televisions. Backlighting solutions are typically either white light emitting diode (WLED) lighting sources or cold cathode fluorescent lamps. In addition to AC/DC offline solutions for lighting illumination applications, the company also offers AC/DC power conversion solutions for various end products that plug into a wall outlet. The company targets its products at the communications, storage and computing, consumer and industrial markets, with the consumer market representing the largest portion of its revenue. Communications: Networking and telecommunication infrastructure, routers and modems, wireless access points and voice over IP. Storage and Computing: Storage networks, computers and notebooks, printers, servers and workstations. Consumer: Set-top boxes, televisions, monitors, gaming, lighting, chargers, home appliances, cellular handsets, digital video players, GPS and infotainment systems, stereos and cameras. Industrial: Automotive, power sources, security, point-of-sale systems and industrial meters Customers, Sales and Marketing The company sells its products through third party distributors, value-added resellers and directly to original equipment manufacturers (OEMs), original design manufacturers (ODMs), and electronic manufacturing service (EMS) providers. Distributors might distribute the company's products to end customers, which include OEMs, ODMs or EMS providers. The company's value-added resellers might second source its products and provide other services to customers. ODMs typically design and manufacture electronic products on behalf of OEMs, and EMS providers typically provide manufacturing services for OEMs and other electronic product suppliers. The company has sales offices located in the United States, Taiwan, China, Korea and Japan and has marketing representatives in Europe and Singapore. The company's sales are made primarily pursuant to standard individual purchase orders. Research and Development The company’s research and development expense totaled $65.8 million for the year ended December 31, 2015. Patents and Intellectual Property Matters As of December 31, 2015, the company had approximately 1,142 patents/applications issued or pending, of which 244 patents have been issued in the United States. The company’s issued patents are scheduled to expire at various times through December 2035. Competition The company’s primary competitors include Analog Devices, Fairchild Semiconductor, Intersil Corporation, Linear Technology, Maxim Integrated Products, Microchip Technology, Microsemi Corporation, O2 Micro International, ON Semiconductor, Power Integrations, Inc., Richtek Technology Corporation, Rohm Co., Ltd., Semtech Corporation, STMicroelectronics N.V., and Texas Instruments Inc. History Monolithic Power Systems, Inc. was founded in 1997. The company was incorporated in California in 1997 and reincorporated in Delaware in 2004.


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