O2Micro International Limited focuses on designing, developing, and marketing high performance integrated circuits (ICs) and solutions for manufacturers of products in the consumer electronics, computer, industrial, communications, and automotive markets. The company’s IC products use analog and mixed-signal designs that combine analog and digital circuits on a single chip, reducing the number of components needed for function performance. It offers a range of proprietary application specific standard products, as well as customized products. The company sells its products to OEMs, ODMs, and module makers. Its ICs have been incorporated into products sold by Acer, Dell, Fujitsu, Hewlett-Packard, Lenovo, LG Electronics, NEC, Panasonic, Samsung Electronics, Sharp, Sony, and Toshiba. The company markets and sells its products through a combination of its direct sales force, independent sales representatives, and distributors in Asia, Europe, North America, the United Kingdom, and Singapore. It sells majority of its products through direct sales. The company maintains direct sales offices in majority of its major markets, which include China, Taiwan, Korea, the United States, and Japan. Products The company markets power management components and solutions. Its power management products include ICs to provide power for LCD and LED lighting; control and monitoring of battery charging and discharging; DC/DC and AC/DC conversion; and provide select and switch functionality between power sources. The company’s core technologies in the application specific IC chips are its proprietary technology, which allows the company to deliver improved performance and service to its customers. The majority of its products are sold into the following five end-markets: Consumer electronics market includes LCD and LED televisions, desktop and notebook monitors, portable media players, digital cameras, GPS/PND solutions for directional assistance, PDAs, games, and general lighting products (including LED light bulbs). Computer market includes desktop computers, LCD and LED monitors, tablet computers, notebooks, netbooks, and mobile communication applications. Industrial market includes any product that is specified to operate through an extended temperature range, such as beyond the standard commercial operating temperature range of standard semiconductor products (0 degrees to 70 degrees centigrade). These products include battery management systems for power tools, electric bikes, LEV applications, LCD and LED monitors, notebooks, netbooks, industrial PCs, and general lighting products. Communications market includes portable media devices, smart phones, PDAs, and other portable electronic applications. Automotive market includes GPS units for navigational assistance in vehicles, electric and hybrid vehicle battery management, and in-vehicle passenger entertainment and communication systems. Subsidiaries The company’s subsidiaries include O2Micro Electronics, Inc., which is engaged in operations and sales support services; O2Micro International Japan Ltd., which is engaged in sales support services; O2Micro Pte Limited-Singapore; O2Micro (China) Co., Ltd.; and O2Security Limited, which is engaged in operations and sales of network security products. O2Micro Pte Limited-Singapore; O2Micro (China) Co., Ltd.; and other subsidiaries are primarily engaged in research and development services. Intellectual Property As of December 31, 2012, the company had approximately 399 patents issued in the United States and approximately 1,167 patents issued in other countries. In addition, it had approximately 42 patent applications pending in the United States Patent and Trademark Office, and approximately 360 patent applications pending in various countries other than the United States, which might or might not be issued. In Europe, the company has one trademark dispute pending. In Taiwan and China, it has three patent litigation matters and one breach of contract litigation matter. Competition The company’s primary competitors include Intersil Corporation; Linear Technology Corporation; Maxim Integrated Products, Inc.; Microsemi Corporation; Monolithic Power Systems, Inc.; Ricoh Company, Ltd.; Richtek Technology Corporation; Rohm Co., Ltd; and Texas Instruments Incorporated, as well as Toshiba and Fujitsu. History O2Micro International Limited was founded in 1995. The company was incorporated in the state of California in the United States of America in 1995.
Grand Pavilion Commercial Centre
West Bay Road
PO Box 32331 SMB
George Town, KY1-1209
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