You must be an engineer , like me .
Of course we all know that "synergies" means : headcount reduction , it s strange should not synergies have been
studied before buying ? , breaking into pieces keep some, sell others ... , dealing with R&D like pure cost or variable
you can adjust for one quarter to an other as if it was not taking years and years to build a team and expertise ...
That is the way it has always been in this industry (i mean last 5yrs), it is not a matter of zilog or ixys being
"too marketing/financial" and not enough "Engineer" , it s just like everywhere else .
The key is to know if ixys is the type of company that has an industrial strategy with the addition of mcu to its
product line , or it is just opportunism : did these two worked together for , lets say , serving the same customer
It is hard to see the future of 8 bits mcu : some say everything will be 32bits ( Arm ) since its so more powerfull , sw
support , cheaper every year , but we see very strong "resistance" of 8 bit mcu's in market share and also applications
will never need more than that : battery charger , long play / low power mp3 , basic power management like
standy/wake up control (over ethernet ) , basic gps controls embedded in apps , etc ... mostly smart GPio's.