SAN DIEGO -- JMAR Semiconductor Inc. here has reached a licensing agreement with Philips Semiconductors that will transfer portions of Philips' gate array design and manufacturing technology to JSI, and may also lead to JSI's becoming a second source for the Philips parts.
JMAR will start by using the technology in military applications, with commercial telecommunications applications to soon follow. JSI said it could potentially install the technology at the new Department of Defense wafer fab that it recently constructed and staffed in Sacramento, Calif. Installing the technology at this facility will give it the means to manufacture a range of ASIC for a variety of government systems, the company said.
The move will also immediately position JSI as a key candidate to provide replacement semiconductors to Philips Semiconductors' existing customers.
"This new relationship with Philips Semiconductors not only provides JMAR with licensed and commercially-proven gate array technology but creates other exciting opportunities with customers that Philips Semiconductors no longer supports due to technology or volume considerations," said JSI president Marvin W. Sepe.
Scott McGregor, executive vice president of the Emerging Business Unit of Philips Semiconductors in Sunnyvale, Calif., said, "JMAR Semiconductor is an excellent company that has built a strong internal design team and solid tools to support customers with products that are dependenton these gate array designs. . . . JMAR Semiconductor is well equipped to extend the life of specific gate array designs for Philips Semiconductors' customers dependent on technologies that have been phased out of our plan."
JMAR Semiconductor, which began as a supplier of military ICs, is targeting more producers of high-speed switching and data handling systems in the broadband telecommunications industry, Sepe said. "We have also established a series of supply chain relationships to assure turnkey capability for the complex high-performance semiconductor designs JSI plans to produce in the year 2000 and beyond," he added.