MILPITAS, Calif.--Analog IC supplier Elantec Semiconductor Inc. here today announced it will use a New Mexico wafer fab operated by Philips Semiconductors as its primary bipolar foundry in the future.
As part of a new foundry agreement, Elantec plans to use advanced bipolar processes developed by Philips for future products. The Milpitas company said these processes will enable it to expand in several key product areas, including high-performance operational amplifiers for video, communications, and optical storage systems.
Elantec also said it will continue to manufacture existing bipolar products at its own wafer fab in Milpitas and continue using other bipolar foundries. Terms of the new foundry agreement between Philips and Elantec were not released.
Philips will provide process customization of bipolar technologies for Elantec products at its Albuquerque wafer fab. "Their advanced processes will provide Elantec access to leading-edge analog bipolar technologies," said Rich Beyer, president and CEO at Elantec. "We are confident that these technologies will enable us to continue to expand our family of high-performance analog products."