Infineon Acquires Denmark-based Merus Audio

February 20 2018, 15:00
Infineon Acquires Denmark-based Merus Audio
Infineon Acquires Denmark-based Merus Audio
Infineon Technologies announced the acquisition of Merus Audio. The Copenhagen-based start-up, founded in 2010 by Hans Hasselby-Andersen and Mikkel Hoyerby, has developed a new generation of energy-efficient integrated Class D amplifier solutions. Merus Audio amplifiers maximize audio performance and battery playback time for smart home and battery-powered speakers while minimizing heat and design space. Following the company's presentation at CES 2018, Merus generated significant interest in the audio and CE industry in general.

The Danish start-up will be fully integrated into Infineon’s existing audio business and becomes part of the Power Management & Multimarket Division. After the integration of Merus Audio, Infineon will be able to offer its customers a comprehensive and leading-edge Class-D Audio amplifier portfolio addressing the most demanding applications. The technology complements Infineon’s existing PowIRAudio product line for power levels below ~70 Watt.

"The move strengthens our ability to offer customers fully integrated system solutions for smart speakers”, says Andreas Urschitz, Division President of Power Management & Multimarket at Infineon. “Merus Audio’s innovative audio amplifier technology very well complements Infineon’s existing sensor and audio processing expertise.”

The fast growing segment of battery-powered smart speakers will benefit especially from the patented technology, which combines extended playback time and smaller designs with improved audio performance. Importance of quality of sound increases for smart speaker users, as listening to music becomes more popular with these devices. Being based on the so called cascading converter technology, the Merus Audio solution allows to reduce the total harmonic distortion and noise.

Both companies agreed not to disclose the financial details of the transaction.
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