TEMPE, Ariz. -- Motorola Inc. today announced it has sold the rights to its MC12000 series of phase-locked loop chips to Lansdale Semiconductor Inc. here as part of the company's ongoing efforts to downsize its IC manufacturing operations.
Lansdale specializes in support and production of mature semiconductor products and "aftermarket" sales. Since 1985, Motorola has transferred over 1,500 obsolete and end-of-life ICs to Lansdale, which uses its own production line to make devices matching the original specifications.
The transferred PLL series includes the 12002, 12009, 12011, 120113, 12040, and 12061 integrated circuits. Terms of the transfer were not released.
"Under the terms of this product acquisition agreement, Lansdale becomes the sole-source semiconductor aftermarket supplier of the MC12000 line," said R. Dale Lillard, president of Lansdale. The MC12000 series was originally designed and manufactured by Motorola for commercial and military applications to perform phase-locked loop functions. These functions include phase detectors, dividers, and oscillators, Lillard said.
Last year, Motorola embarked on an "asset light" manufacturing strategy to make its semiconductor group to profitable again. The strategy aims to increase the use of third-party foundries while reducing the number of wafer fabs operated by Motorola to eight facilities by 2003 (see Jan. 10 story).