September 29, 2005 – In a move to expand its foundry resources to support expected continued growth, California Micro Devices has announced the completion of a wafer supply agreement with Seiko Epson Corp. (Epson). This accord engages the Japan-based Epson foundry as a high-volume wafer manufacturing resource for CMD’s ICs, targeting the mobile handset, personal computer, and digital consumer electronics markets.
“Our increasing production volumes have prompted us to add another world-class foundry partner to our roster of wafer manufacturing resources,” said Manny Mere, VPof supply chain at CMD. He noted that CMD has previously entered similar foundry agreements with China-based Advanced Semiconductor Manufacturing Corporation (ASMC) and Japan-based SANYO.
According to Toshio Akahane, president and CEO of Epson Electronics America, “Since we began shipping our first foundry wafers back in 1981, we have struck many long term relationships with successful US semiconductor manufacturers. We look forward to a long-term relationship with CMD, which has achieved impressive growth over the past four years and continues to see an increasing demand for its products.”