[time-nuts] Microsemi up for sale?

Forrest Christian (List Account) lists at packetflux.com
Sat Mar 3 12:45:12 EST 2018


There is an announcement of the impending purchase on the Microchip website.

>From my perspective this is a good thing as I've been eyeing some of the
microsemi semiconductor products for some time for use in various designs
of mine and this is likely to make those products easier to incorporate due
to the microchip sales policies.

Not sure how this will work for the finished products they sell as
historically microchip has only been a semiconductor maker.  It wouldn't be
surprising to see microchip divest themselves of the assembled product
line.  I know microchip has divested themselves of small portions of
acquired businesses in the past when they didn't fit their roadmap.



On Mar 3, 2018 8:48 AM, "ewkehren via time-nuts" <time-nuts at febo.com> wrote:

> The manager many not know but the market does and there have been
> announcements and the stock is up and for the day the fifth most active of
> all US markets. At 2 pm #2    Bert Kehren
>
>
> Sent from my Galaxy Tab® A
> -------- Original message --------From: "Richard (Rick) Karlquist" <
> richard at karlquist.com> Date: 3/3/18  9:30 AM  (GMT-05:00) To: Discussion
> of precise time and frequency measurement <time-nuts at febo.com>, Anders
> Wallin <anders.e.e.wallin at gmail.com> Subject: Re: [time-nuts] Microsemi
> up for sale?
> I asked the CBT manager at Microsemi about this
> rumor and he disavowed any knowledge of this.
> He told me they were making 8 a week (not clear
> if this is just 5071A's, or includes replacement
> CBT's).  I don't remember the production ever
> being anywhere near this level.  The reason
> for the relatively brisk sales is that the risk
> of GPS spoofing means that various military and
> 3 letter agencies need to own dedicated 5071's.
> With a large installed base of 5071's, there will
> be a guaranteed market for replacement tubes.
> The US government considers the 5071A to be of
> great strategic importance and would be certain
> to "encourage" its continued production in case
> of any business reorganization.
>
> When we designed the 5071A twenty five years ago,
> it seemed that there were two safe bets:
>
> 1.  Working Cs standards (outside the lab) would
> obsoleted by what HP called "smart clocks" running
> off of GPS.
>
> 2.  Magnetic state selection, as used in the 5071A,
> would be replaced by optical pumping.  Len Cutler
> was heartbroken that HP/Agilent management wouldn't
> fund this effort.
>
> It turns out that, even now in 2018, optical pumping
> is not ready for prime time in a working standard
> because the lasers drift over time.  The 5071A's
> claim to fame is that you turn it on and it just
> works ... until it runs out of cesium.  That is
> another reason the 5071A isn't going away any time soon.
>
> Rick Karlquist N6RK
> Member: 5071A design team
>
> On 3/3/2018 1:22 AM, Anders Wallin wrote:
> > Just a change to the last part of the name then ;)
> > https://www.ft.com/content/10192a2a-1d99-11e8-956a-43db76e69936
> > "semi" -> "chip"
> >
> >
> > On Sat, Jan 27, 2018 at 1:27 AM, Clint Jay <cjaysharp at gmail.com> wrote:
> >
> >> Perhaps of interest to the list
> >>
> >> https://www.theregister.co.uk/2018/01/25/microsemi/
> >>
> >> --
> >> Clint.
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