Murata to Acquire IPDiA for High Performance Silicon Capacitors

October 16, 2016 by Jeff Shepard

Murata Manufacturing Co., Ltd. and IPDiA S.A. announced that Murata Electronics Europe B.V., a wholly-owned subsidiary of Murata is about to acquire IPDiA, a 3D silicon capacitor technology pioneer headquartered in France, and IPDiA will become a subsidiary of Murata. The transaction is expected to close before the end of October.

This acquisition will enhance Murata's position as the leading provider of high reliability capacitors. It is part of Murata's strategy to strengthen its core business within the mobile communication market, and to expand into new applications within the automotive and medical markets.

IPDiA portfolio includes silicon capacitors from pF to tens of µF with: High Reliability Medical and Automotive Grade Capacitors; Low Profile Capacitors <80µm thin for decoupling inside critical space application; High Temperature Capacitors (250 degrees C) with very high stability; Ultra Broadband Capacitors (60+GHz); 2D/2.5D Silicon Interposers for integration in SiP or MCM; and Passive component networks for integration in module or on board.

IPDiA, headquartered in Caen, France, was formed in 2009 and has around 130 employees today. The company is dedicated to the manufacturing of leading edge Integrated Passive Devices, specializing in silicon sub-mounts for lighting and 3D silicon capacitors for medical, industrial, communication and high reliability applications. The company operates design centers, sales and marketing offices and a manufacturing facility (silicon wafer fab) certified ISO 9001 / 14001 / 18001 as well as ISO TS 16949 for the automotive market and ISO 13485 for medical devices.

As a result of this acquisition, IPDiA will be integrated into Murata, and IPDiA’s products and solutions will be commercialized as part of Murata’s product portfolio. “Combining IPDiA’s 3D silicon capacitor technologies with Murata’s current technologies and product portfolio will enable us to expand our combined offering and meet our customers’ high reliability requirements, such as high temperature or high voltage, in automotive and other demanding markets,” says Toru Inoue, Executive Vice President, Components Business Unit, Murata.

In addition, Franck Murray, IPDiA CEO commented, “In the last 7 years, we have worked intensively to establish and strengthen our presence in the electronics industry. IPDiA’s patented technology has enabled silicon passive components to be considered as a superior solution in specific markets where high performance and miniaturization are required. We wish to benefit from Murata’s world recognized expertise and sales force to further expand our products and business. We look forward to working with Murata to enhance their leading position in the passive market.”