Siliconix, maker of MOSFETs and power ICs, and ON Semiconductor, Motorola Inc's former discrete devices division, today agreed to cross-license intellectual property for power management, aimed at extending battery life in such applications as cell phones and notebook computers.
Silconix, a subsidiary of Vishay Intertechnology Inc., will license to ON Semiconductor, Phoenix, the use of its patents for developing TrenchFET transistors and BCDMOS power ICs. In exchange, Santa Clara, Calif.-based Siliconix gains access to ON Semiconductor's patent portfolio of power management and analog IC technologies.
"As the first supplier to introduce TrenchFET technology into the power MOSFET market, we are pleased that the industry is accepting TrenchFET as the technology of choice for next-generation power management solutions, as signified by thisagreement," said Felix Zandman, chairman and chief executive of Vishay, Malvern, Pa., in a statement.
Added King Owyang, president and chief executive of Siliconix. "We believe the synergy that exists between ON Semiconductor and Siliconix will provide the industry with an assured supply of a wide range of products and will further establish TrenchFET and BCDMOS as the technologies of choice for discrete and analog
ON Semiconductor will pay royalties to Siliconix for use of the patented technologies.
Owyang said that the cross-licensing deal will particularly help Siliconix proliferate TrenchFET and BCDMOS technologies into into automotive applications, "where we can leverage Vishay's strong position as a leading supplier of components to the automotive industry."