Oki Electric Industry Co., Ltd. (TOKYO:6703) and Wipro Technologies, the global IT services arm of Wipro Limited (NYSE:WIT) announced their strategic partnership in the area of design services for the semiconductor market. As part of this partnership, Wipro has signed a definitive agreement to acquire Oki Techno Centre Singapore Pte. Ltd.(OTCS) including its own Intellectual Property Rights in an all cash deal over a period of one year. Wipro will also establish a dedicated Development Centre for OKI.
OTCS is a wholly owned subsidiary of OKI focused on wireless design and has demonstrated innovative capabilities in RF (Radio Frequency) and baseband design. OTCS is a 40 member center with SGD 8.8 M as the revenues of the fiscal year ended March 31st, 2007. The company has key customers in Japan in product engineering space.
The development center set up by Wipro will enable OKI to utilize design resource efficiently and enhance product development capabilities. This will enable OKI to expand its semiconductor business and increase its competitive edge in designing semiconductor products in the global market.
“OKI has been enhancing its design and development skills to respond to more complex and sophisticated LSIs. We have been looking for a global partner to improve our efficiency in semiconductor design through outsourcing, as we focus on improving our core designing capabilities,” said Masahiko Morioka, President of Silicon Solutions Company at Oki Electric Industry. “The capability at Wipro will enable OKI to provide high-quality technologies and products to its customers in a timely manner.”
Wipro is a leading solutions provider in the semiconductor design services space and has been strengthening its presence by complementing its digital expertise with analog and RF skills. Wipro’s NewLogic acquisition in 2005 strengthened its position in the area of wireless designs in CMOS RF and IPs. The acquisition of OTCS further strengthens our capabilities in RF and baseband design and gives deeper domain strengths in the area of DTV standards, WiMedia UWB, RFID and Wireless LAN 802.11 technology areas.
“The wireless communication IC marketplace today is demanding integrated SoC solutions requiring expertise in digital and RF domain. The acquisition of OTCS is a significant step in our plans to strengthen the leadership in design services in the RF and baseband technology space. The acquisition also provides a solid base for addressing the large market in Japan and East Asia,” said Ramesh Emani, President, Telecom and Product Engineering Solutions Division, Wipro Technologies.
Commenting on the acquisition, Sudip Nandy, Wipro’s Chief Strategy Officer said, “Wipro sees this transaction as a strategic fitment in building niche competencies which would enhance our presence among technology companies in Japan. As part of this acquisition, we will also set up a dedicated Development Centre for OKI.”
The entire transaction is expected to be closed during the next one month. The closing of the transaction is subject to customary closing conditions and regulatory approvals.
Wipro Technologies, a division of Wipro Limited (NYSE:WIT), is the first PCMM Level 5 and SEI CMM Level 5 certified IT Services organization globally. Wipro Technologies was recently assessed at Level 5 for CMMI V 1.2 across offshore and onsite development centers. Wipro is one of the largest product engineering and support service providers worldwide. Wipro provides comprehensive research and development services, IT solutions and services, including systems integration, Information Systems outsourcing, package implementation, software application development and maintenance services to corporations globally.
In the Indian market, Wipro is a leader in providing IT solutions and services for the corporate segment in India offering system integration, network integration, software solutions and IT services. Wipro also has a profitable presence in niche market segments of consumer products and lighting. In the Asia Pacific and Middle East markets, Wipro provides IT solutions and services for global corporations. Wipro’s ADS’ are listed on the New York Stock Exchange, and its equity shares are listed in India on the Stock Exchange – Mumbai, and the National Stock Exchange.
About Oki Electric Industry Co., Ltd.
Founded in 1881, Oki Electric Industry Co., Ltd. is Japan’s first telecommunications manufacturer, with its headquarters in Tokyo, Japan. OKI provides top-quality products, technologies and solutions to its customers through its info-telecom system business, semiconductor business and printer business. All three businesses function as a collective force to create exciting new products and technologies that satisfy a spectrum of customer needs in various markets.