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AKE begins operation of semicon wafer fab

Posted: 02 Jan 2007     Print Version  Bookmark and Share

Keywords:AKE  Asahi Kasei  Hall ICs  Hall Effect  magnetic sensor 

Asahi Kasei Electronics (AKE) has begun operating a new gallium arsenide semiconductor wafer fab. AKE produces and sells Hall Effect elements, Hall ICs and other magnetic sensors as a core business of the Asahi Kasei EMD Group. The new plant is intended as a base for production of Hall elements for use in cell phones, and serves as the core for business development in the field of compound semiconductor thin film devices.

AKE is a global supplier of Hall elements, with a worldwide market share estimated at 70 per cent, the company claimed. AKE produces Hall ICs, which combine a Hall sensor with a signal processing IC in a single package, and speciality Hall elements for precise sensing of position and angle.

As announced earlier, the marketing, sales and R&D functions of AKE are scheduled to transfer to Asahi Kasei EMD on April 1. The new plant will form the base for development and strengthening the compound semiconductor device business under the new organisational alignment of operations at Asahi Kasei EMD.

- Peter Clarke
EE Times Europe

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