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TI to acquire wafer fabs in Japan

Posted: 20 Jul 2010     Print Version  Bookmark and Share

Keywords:TI analogue expansion  analogue manufacturing  wafer fabs 

TI continues to expand its analogue production capacity by acquiring two wafer fabs and manufacturing equipment in Aizu-Wakamatsu, Japan currently operated by Spansion Japan Limited (SJL). This acquisition is the most recent in a series of analogue manufacturing expansions announced by TI over the past 24 months which collectively will add capacity for more than Rs.16,344.36 crore ($3.5 billion) of additional analogue revenue per year when fully operational. The assets are being acquired under a court-approved plan of reorganisation.

This purchase cost-effectively increases the production capacity that TI can offer its customers of analogue semiconductors. It includes a 200mm wafer fab currently in operation that is capable of expanding TI's analogue revenue by more than Rs.4,669.82 crore ($1 billion) annually, as well as a second non-operating wafer fab of equal size for either 200mm or 300mm production. TI will continue running the first fab and will preserve the second fab for future capacity expansion. TI plans to offer employment to almost all of SJL employees in Aizu.

The purchase also includes 300mm production tools, many of which will be moved to Richardson, Texas, to help complete Phase II of RFAB, the 300mm analogue wafer fab. With the completion of Phase II, RFAB will be capable of supporting Rs.9,339.63 crore ($2 billion) of revenue per year. A portion of the 300mm tools that come with the acquisition in Japan are not needed for TI's advanced analogue technology processes and will be re-sold.

"Analogue technology is increasingly important as the vital link between the real world and digital domain in all electronic applications," said Gregg Lowe, senior vice president in charge of the company's analogue business. "This latest addition of analogue capacity will further increase TI's ability to support our customers' growth, now and in the future." The new capacity in Japan joins TI's global network of manufacturing sites producing a comprehensive range of analogue products, such as amplifiers, data converters, clocks, interface and power management chips. Manufacturers are using TI's analogue chips in a vast array of applications, including industrial controls, set-top boxes, eBooks, hard disc drives, smartphones, robotics and LED streetlights.

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