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'Fab Club' welcomes two European members

Posted: 04 Jun 2007 ?? ?Print Version ?Bookmark and Share

Keywords:manufacturing facilities? device makers? 8-inch wafers?

Three companies, two of them based in Europe, join the Fab Owners Association (FOA) bringing the number of semiconductor and MEMS manufacturing facilities owned by member companies to over 60.

austriamicrosystems AG and German foundry X-Fab (Erfurt) are now full members of the FOA, as well Avago Technologies, while the National Grid, the strategic economic development program sponsor for upstate New York, becomes an associate member.

"The addition of these companies is especially significant in three ways, commented L.T. Guttadauro, executive director of FOA. "By growing our global membership base, we have networks that span the world's key electronics centers. Next, FOA members represent the broad diversity of semiconductors for a myriad of technologies and markets. Third, the FOA gives a common voice to both public and private companies. Through this unity, we have the manufacturing knowledge and mass to expand the number of strategic projects we can introduce and manage."

Guttadauro added that with over 60 semiconductor and MEMS manufacturing fabrication facilities worldwide, "we can influence collaborative procurement activities on a global basis."

The Association's other device maker members include NXP Semiconductor, AMI Semiconductor, Freescale Semiconductor, Cypress Semiconductor, Spansion, Intersil, Delphi Microelectronics Center, Fairchild Semiconductor, International Rectifier, Jazz Semiconductor, MagnaChip Semiconductor, Micrel Semiconductor, Microchip Technology, ON Semiconductor and Skyworks Solutions.

Together, they represent about 1.1 million 8-inch-equivalent monthly wafer starts and over $27 billion in annual revenue.

- John Walko
EE Times-Europe

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