KUALA LUMPUR, Malaysia -- Motorola Inc. today said it has completed the move of its radio-frequency power chip assembly and testing operation from Seremban, Malaysia, to a large production facility here in record time.
The Kuala Lumpur facility is now in production with more than 1,200 pieces of equipment, six manufacturing platforms, and more than 1,500 technical workers dedicated to RF products, according to Motorola. The Kuala Lumpur site was established in 1973 and is now producing some of Motorola's most advanced RF products, including what the company says is the industry's first high-power transistor housed in a plastic package.
"The move from Seremban to Kuala Lumpur was an incredible task accomplished with flawless execution and in record time," said Graham Haddock, general manager of Motorola's Wireless Infrastructure Systems Division, based in Tempe, Ariz. "A move of this magnitude had never been done before within Motorola. The preparations prior to the move, while maintaining focus on our customers, made this move a resounding success."
The move enables Motorola to expand manufacturing of RF power devices that are needed for next-generation cellular phones. The company said the high-power plastic transistor packages among the first products to be produced by the Kuala Lumpur plant. Motorola added that the TO-270 and TO-272 are among the lowest cost RF high-power transistors ever built in the industry.
Additional investments in capacity and automation are expected at the 20-acre site in Kuala Lumpur. Motorola did not release information about those expansion plans today.