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Tnaiste, ON Semi intensify R&D on digital power

Posted: 17 Jul 2008 ?? ?Print Version ?Bookmark and Share

Keywords:power management R&D center? thermal management? next-gen processors?

Tnaiste and Minister for Enterprise, Trade and Employment Mary Coughlan and ON Semiconductor has announced the establishment of a new R&D Center at Raheen Business Park, Limerick, with the support of IDA Ireland.

The R&D center in Limerick will become a "Center of Expertise" in digital power management and thermal management for next generation processors. It will develop controller and driver ICs for next generation processors in servers, gaming consoles, desktop and laptop computers. At full capacity, the center will employ 49 semiconductor designers and engineers, 28 of whom are already in place.

Tnaiste Mary Coughlan TD, at the official opening of the new center, said "This investment is a step-up in product complexity and value for ON Semiconductor and is expected to represent a higher level of technical innovation. The choice of Limerick for this investment is a major endorsement of Ireland's ability to implement successfully such technologically advanced R&D projects, and to meet the company's recruitment needs for high caliber R&D semiconductor designers and engineers. It is also an important vote of confidence in the existing Limerick group, particularly as it was won against strong competition for the project from other ON Semiconductor sites worldwide. This investment is a further important development for the growing cluster of IC design companies in the mid-west region."

"The success of ON Semiconductor has been based on our competency to manufacture and supply high quality, high volume individual products at competitive cost," said Bill Schromm, ON Semiconductor's senior VP and general manager of computing products. "This investment will enable ON Semiconductor to develop its market share and to successfully compete in the industry in which it operates. We are confident that our choice of the Limerick group for this investment is the right decision because of the success of that operation to date and our experience of Ireland's can-do, flexible, pro-business environment which is suitable for our business."

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