SANTA CLARA, Calif. -- In consummating a new cross-licensing agreement for power chip technologies, Siliconix Inc. here and On Semiconductor in Phoenix today said they are now jointly aiming to expand the use of MOSFET devices in a number of automotive and power management applications.
As reported last week, the two companies have entered into a new cross-licensing pact that gives On Semiconductor--a spin-off from Motorola Inc.--the rights to use Siliconix's TrenchFET transistors and BCDMOS technologies (see July 11 story). On Semiconductor will pay a royalty for use of the patented technology to Siliconix, which is 80.4% owned by Vishay Intertechnology Inc.
"We are excited about the broad range of possibilities this landmark agreement creates for proliferating our Trench and BCDMOS technologies into future products, and in particular devies aimed at automotive applications," said King Owyang, president and chief executive officer of Siliconix. He added that the synergy existing 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 power management products aimed at the mobile communications, computing, and automotive markets."
A previous agreement between the two companies led to the production of more than a half billion devices last year, according to On Semiconductor. The Motorola spin-off said the new licensing agreement will enable it to expand its products for power management applications, which are used to extend the life of batteries in laptop computers and cellular phones.
"This exchange signifies the beginning of what we hope will be a wide collaboration between On Semiconductor and Siliconix in power management solutions," said Jim Thorburn, chief operating officer at On Semiconductor. "We believe that our expertise in automotive semiconductors and high-volume manufacturing coupled with Siliconix's expertise in TrenchFETs and innovative packaging ideally positions out two companies to bring unique power management solutions to the wireless, computing, and automotive markets," added Thorburn.