SUNNYVALE, USA: MoSys Inc., a leading provider of high-density system-on-chip (SoC) memory intellectual property (IP), announced the acquisition of substantially all of the assets and business of privately held Prism Circuits, Inc., a profitable supplier of high data rate parallel and serial interface (I/O) IP.
The acquisition is expected to result in the following benefits:
* Expand MoSys’ product portfolio and addressable markets with the addition of highly valued and differentiated IP.
* Accelerate the growth opportunity for MoSys’ 1T-SRAM IP in the networking and communications markets and provide stronger customer synergies.
* Increase revenue and generate positive cash flow for the second half of 2009 and 2010.
* Add a world-class team of engineers, including a highly talented, cost-efficient engineering design center in India.
Founded in 2006 and based in Santa Clara, California, Prism Circuits specializes in silicon-proven, low-power, serial interface IP cores (SerDes) with data rates running at 10 gigabits per second and above, and IP cores for DDR 3 and DDR 2 parallel interfaces.
Prism Circuits has established customer relationships with tier one companies such as Fujitsu, Microsoft and Juniper, as well as strong foundry relationships with Fujitsu and TSMC, which MoSys expects to build on and improve.
“This acquisition is a major step towards driving growth and achieving our vision of becoming a world class provider of differentiated, high value IP for SoC designers,” commented Len Perham, MoSys’ President and CEO.
“Acquiring Prism Circuit’s high speed SerDes and DDR interface IP significantly expands our market opportunity, fuels the expansion of our core 1T-SRAM business into packet processing applications in the networking and communications markets and brings us a talented engineering team. The synergistic combination of our differentiated, embedded memory IP with the high-speed interface IP from Prism Circuits will allow us to bring an even more compelling value proposition to our customers and partners.”
“When I founded Prism Circuits in 2006, my goal was to build a company based on a foundation of an incredibly talented team of engineers and very differentiated, high data rate serial and parallel interface IP. I am proud of what the Prism Circuits team has accomplished in creating great technology and building successful customer relationships with leading companies such as Fujitsu and Microsoft. I am very excited about joining forces with MoSys to take our team and technology to the next level,” commented Sundari Mitra, CEO of Prism Circuits.
“Becoming part of an established public company enables us to leverage MoSys’ global resources and sales channels to further the expansion of our interface IP business. Our combined teams and technology will create exciting growth opportunities for MoSys and our employees, while at the same time allowing us to provide a vastly wider array of solutions to our customers’ future systems designs.”
Under the terms of the agreement, MoSys paid approximately $13.5 million at the closing, and potentially will pay an additional earn-out amount of up to $6.5 million after the first anniversary of the closing date, subject to the attainment of specified milestones during the initial 12-month post-acquisition period.
MoSys has not assumed any Prism stock options or employee equity incentive awards but has agreed to grant up to a maximum of 3.7 million shares of MoSys common stock under stock options or restricted stock units (RSUs) to 25 newly hired former Prism Circuits employees (with one RSU share equated to three option shares for this purpose).
The stock options and restricted stock units will be granted as inducements material to the employment of these new employees in accordance with NASDAQ Marketplace Rule 5635(c)(4).