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Oxford Semiconductor

Oxford Semiconductor is a global leader in connectivity technology and provides a broad portfolio of products enabling electronic devices to exchange or back-up data and share resources. The company's high performance connectivity solutions are an essential ingredient in a diverse range of highly differentiated end products, from external data storage and mobile phones to printers and point-of-sale equipment. Oxford's market leading product portfolio includes: Direct-attached (FireWire / USB) and network-attached storage controllers. Serial communication bridges for PCI, miniPCI, Compact Flash and PC Cards. USB host, peripheral and On-The-Go controllers. Network connectivity controllers. Founded in 1992, Oxford Semiconductor is a privately held fabless company headquartered in Milpitas, California. It operates design centers and regional offices worldwide. For more information visit

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  • editor's note:- in December 2008 - PLX Technology announced a definitive agreement to acquire all of the outstanding shares of capital stock of Oxford Semiconductor, Inc.

    Established in 1992, Oxford Semiconductor has been providing reliable, high-performance silicon and software solutions to interconnect digital systems, including PCIe, USB, FireWire, Ethernet, SATA and eSATA. Oxford's unaudited revenues for the first 9 months of 2008 were $29 million.

    Oxford's corporate headquarters are located in Milpitas, California, with most of its employees based in Oxford's design center in Abingdon, United Kingdom.

    In October 2011 OCZ agreed to acquire the UK Design Team (approximately 40 engineers located in Abingdon) and certain assets from PLX Technology which will enable OCZ to accelerate the development of its next generation of fast SSDs - while also reducing development costs. I learned later that this core technology group was based on PLX's acquisition of Oxford Semiconductor in 2008.

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