Linear Technology

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Linear Technology Corporation
FounderRobert H. Swanson, Jr.
Robert C. Dobkin
Number of locations
12 (10 U.S. design centers, Munich and Singapore)
Key people
Lothar Maier (CEO), Robert H. Swanson, Jr. (Chairman), Robert C. Dobkin (CTO)
ProductsOver 7500 products[2]
  • Increase US$1,475 million (2015) [3]
  • Increase US$1,388 million (2014) [3]
  • Increase US$682 million (2015) [3]
  • Increase US$639 million (2014) [3]
  • Increase US$520 million (2015) [3]
  • Increase US$459 million (2014) [3]
Total assets
  • Increase US$1,884 million (2015) [4]
  • Decrease US$1,655 million (2014) [3]
Total equity
  • Increase US$1,577 million (2015) [4]
  • Increase US$1,331 million (2014) [3]
Number of employees
4,865 (June 2015)[1]
ParentAnalog Devices

Linear Technology Corporation, now part of Analog Devices, designs, manufactures and markets a broad line of standard high performance analog integrated circuits. Applications for the company's products include telecommunications, cellular telephones, networking products, notebook and desktop computers, video/multimedia, industrial instrumentation, automotive electronics, factory automation, process control, military and space systems.

The company was founded in 1981 by Robert H. Swanson, Jr. and Robert C. Dobkin.[1] In August 2010, Forbes called the company "one of the tech industry's most profitable companies".[2]

In July 2016 Analog Devices agreed to buy Linear Technology for 14.8 billion dollars.[5] This acquisition was finalized on March 10, 2017.[6]


LTC3455 - Dual DC/DC Converter

As of August 2010, the company makes over 7500 products,[2] which they organize into seven product categories: data conversion (analog to digital converters, digital to analog converters), signal conditioning (operational amplifiers, comparators, voltage references), power management (switching regulators, linear regulators, battery management, LED drivers), interface (RS232, RS485), radio frequency (mixers, quadrature modulators), oscillators, and space and military ICs.[1]

The company maintains LTspice, a freely downloadable version of SPICE that includes schematic capture.


Corporate headquarters are in Milpitas, California.[7] In the United States, the company has design centers in Phoenix, Arizona; Grass Valley, California; Santa Barbara, California; Colorado Springs, Colorado; North Chelmsford, Massachusetts; Manchester, New Hampshire; Cary, North Carolina; Plano, Texas; and Burlington, Vermont. It also has centers in Munich and Singapore.[8]

The company's wafer fabrication facilities are located in Camas, Washington and Milpitas, California.[1]

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  1. ^ a b c d e "Linear Technology Corporation /CA/ - Form 10-K". Internet FAQ Consortium. August 19, 2010. Retrieved 2010-08-25.
  2. ^ a b c Brian Caulfield (August 20, 2010). "Long Live Analog". Forbes. Retrieved 2010-08-25.
  3. ^ a b c d e f g h "LINEAR TECHNOLOGY CORP /CA/ 2015 Annual Report Form (10-K)" (XBRL). United States Securities and Exchange Commission. August 19, 2015.
  4. ^ a b "LINEAR TECHNOLOGY CORP /CA/ 2016 Q2 Quarterly Report Form (10-Q)" (XBRL). United States Securities and Exchange Commission. Feb 11, 2016.
  5. ^ Analog Devices to Acquire Linear Technology for $14.8 Billion, The Wall Street Journal, July 26, 2016
  6. ^ Filing Detail, "U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission", March 11, 2017
  7. ^ "Linear Technology Corporation". Hoover's. Retrieved 2010-08-25.
  8. ^ "Home > Company > Careers > Design Centers". Linear Technology. Retrieved 2010-08-25.

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