Micrel Inc., manufacturer of advanced high-performance analogue, mixed-signal and digital ICs, has acquired a controlling interest in BlueChip Communications AS of Oslo, Norway. BlueChip is a fables semi-conductor company that designs, develops and markets high performance RF ICs and modules for the actuation and connectivity markets.

This acquisition enhances Micrel's ability to address the needs of the low power RF market. The company's RF offering is comprised of two product families – QwikRadio® receivers and transmitters, and RadioWire® transceivers. The latter were developed in conjunction with BlueChip Communications, and the acquisition will give Micrel added applications, design and technical marketing resources.

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