PMC-Sierra, Inc. designs, develops, markets, and supports semiconductor, embedded software, and board level solutions by integrating its mixed-signal, software and systems expertise through a network of offices in North America, Europe, and Asia. The company has approximately 700 different semiconductor devices that are sold to equipment and design manufacturers, who in turn supply their equipment principally to enterprises, Cloud Data Centers and carriers worldwide. Its portfolio of semiconductor devices is used in various applications of storage and communications network infrastructure equipment. Products The company’s portfolio of semiconductor devices are used in various applications of communications network infrastructure equipment and enable the transporting and storing of large quantities of digital data, in a secure manner. Storage The company’s Storage products are supplied directly to original equipment manufacturers (OEMs) and channel customers. Its products and solutions for the Storage market segment enable high-speed communications between the servers, switches and storage devices that comprise these systems thus allowing large quantities of data to be stored, managed and moved securely. The company’s focus in this area is in developing controllers and switches for high-performance storage systems in cloud and enterprise data center applications. Its solutions range from chip level offerings to board, RAID stack, management and application software (SSD Caching). The company also includes printer application-specific integrated circuits (ASICs) and microprocessors for enterprise networking in this market segment as they are aligned with its enterprise storage customers. In 2013, the company acquired Integrated Device Technology, Inc.’s (IDT) Enterprise Flash Controller business and certain PCI express (PCIe) switch assets. The acquisition accelerates the company’s product offering in the Enterprise Flash Controller and PCI Express Switch businesses, including the world’s first NVM Express (NVMe) flash controller. Optical The company’s Optical products include its wide area network communication products focused on Metro and access networks, including optical transport networks, synchronous optical networks, asynchronous transfer mode, and fiber to the home. Its Metro products are used in equipment, such as edge routers, multi-service provisioning platforms, and optical transport platforms where signals are gathered, processed, and transmitted to the next destination as possible in the metro area network. Mobile The company’s Mobile products include Winpath processors, T1/E1 and SERDES devices sold into Mobile access markets and include devices that are used in 2G, 3G and 4G wireless base stations and mobile backhaul equipment. The company’s integrated network processors are optimized for fiber and microwave backhaul, and cell site aggregation networks. Sales, Marketing, and Distribution The company sells its products to end customers directly and through distributors and independent contract manufacturers’ representatives. In 2013, its major distributor was Macnica Inc., which sold its products into Japan and Taiwan. The company’s major distributor also includes Avnet Inc. In 2013, the company had two end customers, such as Hewlett-Packard Company and EMC Corp. Business Strategy The company’s business strategy is to utilize its mixed signal, software and systems expertise to be the leading supplier of silicon and embedded software solutions for Storage, Optical, and Mobile networks; deliver best-in-class performance and integration to lead the server and storage system market segments, for both enterprise and cloud data centers; build on its position as the leading telecom silicon provider to enable the most integrated optical transport network and passive optical network solutions in the metro and access networks; and enable mobile broadband through 4G LTE by providing a transition to packet based backhaul with the company’s multi-service network processor platform and integrated radio solutions to allow its customers to utilize available spectrum. Research and Development The company’s research and development spending was $211.0 million in 2013. Licenses, Patents, and Trademarks The company relies in part on patents to protect its intellectual property and has a total of 673 U.S. and 24 foreign patents for circuit designs and other innovations used in the design and architecture of its products. In addition, the company has 124 patent applications pending in the U.S. Patent and Trademark office and 9 patent applications pending in foreign countries. Its patents expire 20 years from the patent application date, with its existing patents expiring between 2014 and 2034. PMC, PMC-Sierra, and the company’s logo are registered trademarks and service marks. Competition The company’s competitors include Altera Corp.; Applied Micro Circuits Corp.; Broadcom Corp.; Cortina Systems, Inc.; Emulex Corp.; Exar Corp.; Infineon Technologies AG; Intel Corp.; Texas Instrument Inc; LSI Corp.; Maxim Integrated Products, Inc.; Marvell Technology Group Ltd.; Mindspeed Technologies, Inc.; QLogic Corp.; Vitesse Semiconductor; and Xilinx, Inc. History PMC-Sierra, Inc. was founded in 1983. The company was incorporated in the state of California in 1983 and reincorporated in the state of Delaware in 1997.
pmc - sierra inc (PMCS:NASDAQ GS)
1380 Bordeaux Drive
Sunnyvale, CA 94089
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