Micronas

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TDK-Micronas GmbH
GmbH (LTD)
Industry semiconductors, automotive electronics, industrial electronics
Founded 1989
Headquarters Freiburg i. Br., Germany
Key people
Reinhard SchnekenburgerManaging Director
Products sensors and embedded controllers
Revenue 134 million CHF (2015)
Number of employees
943 (end of 2015)
Website www.micronas.com

TDK-Micronas is a developer and manufacturer of semiconductor-based sensor and IC system solutions for automotive and industrial electronics. TDK-Micronas is headquartered in Freiburg (Germany).

History[edit]

TDK-Micronas’ operational headquarters in Freiburg, Germany

The company was founded in May 1989 in Switzerland as Crosstec Engineering AG. In July 1992 it took over Nokia’s subsidiary Micronas Oy, Finland. Since that date, the company operates as Micronas. In 1995, the Micronas Semiconductor Holding AG in Zurich was founded and four months later the company was listed at the Swiss stock exchange. In 1997, Micronas acquired ITT’s German subsidiary Intermetall, Freiburg.

In 2000, the Micronas Holding AG took over 15% of Analog Circuit Technologies (now innoCOMM Wireless), San Diego, California. This investment was sold in February 2001 with the acquisition of innoCOMM Wireless by National Semiconductor. In October of the same year Micronas acquired Infineon’s business division Image and Video, in April 2003 the Dutch design center of Microtune, in May 2004 LINX Electronics, and in December 2005 WISchip International.

In 2007 and 2008 a restructuring of the consumer segment took place. Some sections of the consumer electronics division were sold in 2009, the remainder was closed. In addition to its automotive division, Micronas founded the business division Industrial in 2010 and thus concentrates on both the automobile, as well as on the industrial market. In 2011 Micronas claimed to be profitable again after four years of losses.[1]

In 2015 Micronas was acquired by the TDK Corporation and renamed to TDK-Micronas.

In 2017 TDK-Micronas acquired the Belgian IC design company ICsense.

Corporate structure and products[edit]

TDK-Micronas GmbH is headquartered in Freiburg (Germany), where the operational business center and the production site is located. Furthermore, TDK-Micronas maintains a test and finishing center in Glenrothes (Scotland) and a development site in Munich (Germany).[2]

TDK-Micronas develops and manufactures semiconductor products for automotive and industrial applications. The product range comprises magnetic field sensors and current sensors based on the Hall effect, as well as embedded controllers:[3] Hall switches, programmable linear Hall sensors, current sensors, and embedded controllers for smart actuators. Beside the active operational subsidiaries in Germany, Scotland, Belgium, and Japan, TDK-Micronas maintains representative offices worldwide in the United States, France, China, Italy, and Korea.

Investments[edit]

The TDK-Micronas maintains several subsidiaries. These are operationally active:[4]

  • TDK-Micronas Ltd., Glenrothes (Scotland), 100%
  • TDK-Micronas K.K. Japan, Tokyo (Japan), 100%
  • TDK-Micronas New Technologies Micronas GmbH, Munich (Germany), 100%
  • ICsense, Leuven (Belgium), 100%

Quality and Environmental Management[edit]

Photovoltaic system on the roofs of Micronas GmbH in Freiburg

Environmental certifications[edit]

In December 2011, Micronas GmbH established a 2000 m2 photovoltaic system on its roofs.[5]

Automotive Certifications[edit]

References[edit]

  1. ^ "Micronas Corporate Milestones". Retrieved 2013-02-26. 
  2. ^ "Official Micronas Website". Retrieved 2013-03-04. 
  3. ^ "Micronas Products". Retrieved 2013-03-04. 
  4. ^ "Annual Report 2012, PDF (1.7 MB)" (PDF). Archived from the original (PDF) on 2015-02-22. Retrieved 2013-02-26. 
  5. ^ "Freiburg Green City Cluster - News Nov.23, 2011". Retrieved 2013-03-05. [permanent dead link]

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