Growth and investment for Swindon Silicon Systems

By Anita Jaynes on 7 May, 2015

Swindon Silicon Systems is an industry leader in high quality, high performance automotive and industrial mixed signal ASICs. At the end of last year the company was acquired as part of the Schrader International Group, by Sensata Technologies.

Sensata is a $2.5bn global business employing more than 17,000 people and is heaquartered in Almelo, The Netherlands, and one of the MEMS Industry Group’s top 30 companies.

The acquisition has coincided with two other changes: a long planned move, driven by growth, to larger premises in Royal Wootton Bassett and the retirement of managing director Geoff Hall. The new managing director is Jerry Lorraine who brings over 25 years experience in the semiconductor industry, during which he has driven creative teams to deliver Integrated Circuits (ICs) and complete products into high volume emerging markets, such as Wi-Fi in portable equipment, low power global positioning and OTT wireless video.

Swindon Silicon Systems is probably best known as the company whose ASICs are the core technology for Schrader’s market leading Tyre Pressure Monitoring Systems (TPMS), but new MD Jerry sees a much wider portfolio for the company. Jerry said: “This is a fantastic opportunity which will allow us to build on our 35 years in ASIC design. TPMS, in which we are global leaders, is set to expand massively when China makes it mandatory. Being part of Sensata will also open up new markets for our ASICs. It means that not only can we develop further our automotive pressure sensing expertise, we can also transfer our knowledge and experience of MEMS sensors and micro-power solutions into wider applications such as factory automation, HVAC, industrial process control and remote sensing. The future for Swindon Silicon looks very good indeed.”