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EANS-News: DEWB sells its stake in SensorDynamics to Maxim Integrated Products

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Subtitle: U.S. semiconductor company acquires MEMS and wireless specialist for
approximately US$ 130 million plus the assumption of approximately US$ 34

Jena, July 18, 2011 (euro adhoc) - Deutsche Effecten- und
Wechsel-Beteiligungsgesellschaft AG (DEWB), Jena, Germany, today announced the
sale of its investment holding SensorDynamics AG, Graz/Lebring, Austria, to U.S.
semiconductor manufacturer Maxim Integrated Products, Inc. (Maxim),
Sunnyvale/CA. Maxim is acquiring 100 percent of SensorDynamics´ shares for US$
130 million (EUR 92 million) and furthermore assumes debts of US$ 34 million
(EUR 24 million). With the sale of its 7.9 percent equity stake, DEWB has
contributed EUR 6.7 million towards its sales revenue, and EUR 3.8 million
towards earnings (EUR 0.25 per share).

DEWB has been invested in SensorDynamics since 2004. Besides DEWB, the group of
investors also included the lead-investor i4g Investment, Siemens Venture
Capital, Fidura, Steierische Beteiligungsfinanzierungsgesellschaft, Steirischer
Technologie- und Wachstumsfonds and the management team. 

"The sale of our stake in SensorDynamics is the first major exit by DEWB this
year. We are very pleased to have won such an established player in the
semiconductor market as Maxim as buyer, which opens up the potential for
SensorDynamics´ innovative technology portfolio and its leading products,"
commented Falk Nuber, Member of the Management Board of DEWB.

SensorDynamics was established in 2003, and has since grown into a specialised
semi-fabless semiconductor company providing innovative sensor solutions for the
automotive, industrial, and high-end consumer markets. The company develops and
supplies fail-safe micro- and wireless semiconductor products. SensorDynamics
has thus entered the market as an independent general contractor with in-house
MEMS production, and cooperates closely with leading international technology
partners. Based in Lebring near Graz, Austria, SensorDynamics also has
subsidiaries in Italy and Germany in addition to a worldwide sales network.
Presently employing 100 staff members, the company achieved revenues of EUR 7.7
million in the past business year.

Following the successful exit from SensorDynamics, DEWB plans to sell further
core investment holdings from its portfolio over the coming months. The current
year should see at least two more exit transactions, contributing to a
significant annual surplus for the company. 

About DEWB 
Deutsche Effecten- und Wechsel-Beteiligungsgesellschaft AG (DEWB AG, ISIN:
DE0008041005) is a listed private equity house that specialises in young and
established medium-sized companies. The investment focus is on strong growth
companies from the areas of photonics and sensor systems for which DEWB provides
support through shareholders' equity, expertise in corporate development and its
sector network. The regional focus lies in the German speaking countries (D, A,
CH). Since 1997 DEWB has invested more than 360 million Euros in 55 companies
and realized more than 435 million Euros through 39 exits, eight of which were
in the form of IPOs. The company is located in Jena, one of the most successful
technology and science regions in Germany, with a long tradition in the field of
optical technologies and one of the most important European centres for

Marco Scheidler
Phone: +49 (0) 3641 573 3600
Fax: +49 (0) 3641 573 3610

About Maxim Integrated Products
Maxim Integrated Products is a publicly traded company that designs,
manufactures, and sells high-performance semiconductor products. The Company was
founded over 25 years ago with the mission to deliver innovative analog and
mixed-signal engineering solutions that add value to its customers' products. To
date, it has developed over 6,500 products serving the industrial,
communications, consumer, and computing markets. Maxim reported revenue of
approximately $2.0 billion for fiscal 2010. A Fortune 1000 company, Maxim is
included in the Nasdaq 100, the Russell 1000, and the MSCI USA indices. For more
information, go to

Further inquiry note:
Marco Scheidler
Tel.: +49 (0) 3641 573-3600

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ISIN:        DE0008041005
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