Back to top

Analyst Blog

Fairchild Semiconductor International Inc. (FCS - Snapshot Report), a provider of high performance semiconductors, formally announced the acquisition of Xsens to explore the fast-growing 3D motion tracking market.

Per media reports, the strategic acquisition of Xsens and its sensor fusion technologies has cost Fairchild about $60 million.


Presently, Fairchild delivers power and mobile semiconductor technologies to various end markets, including mobile, industrial, cloud and automotive industries. The integration of Xsens’ capabilities to Fairchild’s operations will facilitate the latter to venture into the lucrative 3D motion tracking market.

The deal will position Fairchild to develop state-of-the-art sensor solutions and serve traditional industrial and mobile markets, as well as emerging markets including smart interconnected devices (the Internet of Things) and cloud-based wearable sensor accessories.

The scope for adding value lies in the application skills and the algorithms deployed in hardware and software. Combining Xsens’ sensor and software skills with its own MEMS (Micro-electromechanical systems) capability will optimize the entire motion tracking system for low power.

The Acquiree

Based in the Netherlands, Xsens is a dominant player in the 3D motion tracking market It develops sensor fusion technologies that allow the physical and digital world to interact seamlessly. The technology has numerous professional and consumer applications, such as motion analysis, 3D character animation, health and fitness and industrial control and stabilization.
Xsens, the maker of MEMS inertial sensors for motion tracking devices, caters to clients such as Siemens AG , NBC Universal, ABB Ltd. (ABB - Analyst Report), and Autodesk.

Being a part of Fairchild will expand its access to technology and resources, enabling it to strengthen its 3D motion tracking product portfolio and leverage Fairchild’s remarkable experience in semiconductor design and manufacturing.

Looking Ahead    

For the past year, Fairchild has been focusing on technological transformation of its offerings, driven by innovation. The company aims to expand its footprint in the fast growing markets which began with game interfaces and smartphones and quickly found new applications in smart interconnected devices and wearable body motion tracking devices for sports, gaming and health.

The move significantly reinforces Fairchild’s MEMS and sensor offerings and is in tune with the firm’s corporate strategy.
Fairchild presently carries a Zacks Rank #4 (Sell). A better-ranked stock in the industry worth considering is Montage Technology Group Limited (MONT - Snapshot Report), sporting a Zacks Rank #1 (Strong Buy).

Please login to or register to post a comment.

New to Zacks?

Start Here

Zacks Investment Research


Are you a new Zacks Member or a visitor to

Top Zacks Features

My Portfolio Tracker

Is it Time to Sell?

One of the most important steps you can take today is to set up your portfolio tracker on Once you do, you'll be notified of major events affecting your stocks and/or funds with daily email alerts.

More Zacks Resources

Zacks Rank Home - Evaluate your stocks and use the Zacks Rank to eliminate the losers and keep the winners.

Mutual Fund Rank Home - Evaluate your funds with the Mutual Fund Rank for both your personal and retirement funds.

Stock/Mutual Fund Screening - Find better stocks and mutual funds. The ones most likely to beat the market and provide a positive return.

My Portfolio - Track your Portfolio and find out where your stocks/mutual funds stack up with the Zacks Rank.

Zacks #1 Rank Top Movers for Zacks #1 Rank Top Movers

Company Symbol Price %Chg
RPC INC RES 24.91 +8.35%
LITHIA MOTO… LAD 94.59 +4.60%
DELTA AIR L… DAL 39.15 +3.90%
FLAMEL TECH… FLML 14.51 +3.50%
SOUTHWEST A… LUV 28.87 +2.92%