Seiko Epson to make Maxim’s mixed-signal ICs

February 8, 2007 – Maxim Integrated Products Inc. has finalized a deal with Seiko Epson Corp. to outsource manufacturing of “leading-edge” mixed-signal semiconductors for power- and battery-management applications in Japanese and Asia-Pacific markets. The two firms will bilaterally transfer process technologies for production in Seiko’s 200mm fab in Sakata, Japan, with a ramp to high-volume production slated by the end of this year.

“This alliance also gives Maxim capacity burst in the near future on several important products now in design for consumer electronic and automotive applications,” said Tunc Doluca, Maxim president/CEO, in a statement. Maxim group president Vijay Ullal added that the deal is expected to create “an industry-leading combination of mixed-signal quality and cycle time, while achieving a competitive cost structure.”


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