PHOENIX -- On Semiconductor here today announced plans to increase its presence in chip sets for Internet infrastructure and broadband technologies. To do that, the spin-off from Motorola Inc. said it will set up new design facilities and increase research in application specific standard products for physical media, clock management, and data-flow management functions.
The company intends to leverage its high-speed, mixed-signal design expertise to help infrastructure vendors deliver more reliable, high-bandwidth equipment for multiple applications, said Frans van Wijk, vice president and general manager of On Semiconductor's Broadband Business Group. These applications include Synchronous Optical Network (SONET), Gigabit Ethernet, Dense Wave Division Multiplexing (DWDM), Fibre Channel and Asynchronous Transfer Mode (ATM), said van Wijk.
He estimated that the company's broadband chip sales grew 57% in the first nine months of 2000, compared to revenues in the same period last year. Currently, On Semiconductor expects broadband sales to exceed $300 million this year, added the vice president.
According to the Phoenix-based company, industry experts have estimated that the market for Internet IC was $4.2 billion in 1999, and they expect those sales to grow to $16.2 billion by 2003.