LSI Acquires Hard Disk Drive Business from Infineon
Neubiberg, Germany – March 10, 2008 – Infineon Technologies AG (FSE/NYSE: IFX) entered into a definitive agreement, under which LSI Corporation (NYSE: LSI) will acquire Infineon’s hard disk drive (HDD) business.
Under the terms of the agreement, LSI will purchase the Infineon HDD business, which designs, manufactures and markets semiconductors for HDD devices. Infineon will transfer its complete HDD activities, including customer relations as well as know-how and will grant an IP license. Also included in the transaction is a design service agreement. The transaction does not comprise significant assets and transfer of employees. Financial details were not disclosed.
“The sale of our HDD business is yet another step towards our overall commitment to streamlining our business activities to focus on our core markets,” explained Sandro Cerato, Vice President and General Manager of the ASIC Design and Security Business Unit at Infineon Technologies. “In LSI, we have found an excellent company with a mutual interest in supporting our customer base. Infineon is fully committed to work with LSI to provide a seamless transition.”
“Through the addition of the Infineon HDD business, LSI has taken another significant step toward becoming the leading worldwide provider of silicon solutions for hard disk drive makers,” said Ruediger Stroh, Executive Vice President and General Manager, Storage Peripherals Group, LSI. “ We expect the acquisition to immediately accelerate revenue with a top-tier customer, Hitachi Global Storage Technologies, while enhancing our competitive position in the desktop and enterprise space.”
The acquisition is expected to close in the second calendar quarter of 2008 following the satisfaction of regulatory requirements and other customary closing conditions.
Infineon Technologies AG, Neubiberg, Germany, offers semiconductor and system solutions addressing three central challenges to modern society: energy efficiency, communications, and security. In the 2007 fiscal year (ending September), the company reported sales of Euro 7.7 billion (including Qimonda sales of Euro 3.6 billion) with approximately 43,000 employees worldwide (including approximately 13,500 Qimonda employees). With a global presence, Infineon operates through its subsidiaries in the U.S. from Milpitas, CA, in the Asia-Pacific region from Singapore, and in Japan from Tokyo. Infineon is listed on the Frankfurt Stock Exchange and on the New York Stock Exchange (ticker symbol: IFX).