NIWOT, Colo. A week after agreeing to sell the wafer fabrication plant of its struggling Orbit Semiconductor Inc. subsidiary, DII Group Inc. has announced a restructuring of its semiconductor businesses.
DII Group (Niwot, Colo.) has created DII Semiconductor, a subsidiary consisting of three business units focused on providing silicon integration services to OEMs: the Orbit Division, a fabless semiconductor company; DII Semiconductor Mixed-Signal (DSM), a mixed-signal ASIC business; and Virtual IP Group, a joint venture ASIC design and IP business.
Orbit will provide ASIC solutions, support for IC design, and end-of-life support for discontinued gate array products from such companies as Motorola, LSI Logic, VLSI Technology, and Texas Instruments. DSM will offer mixed-signal ASICs on a quick-turn basis. Virtual IP Group is a joint venture with VIP Group Inc., an ASIC design and intellectual property company with offices in Silicon Valley and India. The division will offer design services for embedded IC solutions involving IP licenses and standard-cell ASICs.
DII Group on Jan. 19 agreed to sell its 6-inch wafer fab in San Jose, Calif. to Supertex Inc. (Sunnyvale, Calif.), a manufacturer of mixed-signal semiconductors. Orbit Semiconductor, which had used the fab, has struggled with profitability since DII Group purchased the company in June 1996.