ERFURT, Germany--With the acquisition of Thesys Microelectronics here completed, Belgium's Elex N.V. officially launched its new chip fabrication subsidiary, called X-Fab Semiconductor Foundries, which will specialize in mixed-signal processing technologies.
X-Fab officials in Erfurt said the company expects revenues to exceed $50 million this year. The foundry company has three wafer fabs--two located in Erfurt and a third in Lubbock, Tex., which was acquired from Texas Instruments Inc. X-Fab said it now has the total capacity to process 1,200 six-inch wafers per day and a workforce of more than 500 people.
"With the consolidation of the three facilities, X-Fab starts life as the largest independent European foundry focused on critical mixed-signal technologies," declared Konrad Herre, president and CEO of the new foundry.
By the end of the year, X-Fab plans to set up a U.S. sales and design support office in Silicon Valley. The foundry company uses a network of direct sales and sales representatives in Europe and the Far East to offer manufacturing services.
Currently, X-Fab said it is offering CMOS and optimized BiCMOS technologies with 3.0- to
0.6-micron feature sizes. Additional process modules are available for micromechanical integration of sensors devices, DMOST and IGBT and silicon-on-insulator (SOI) technologies. The CMOS process includes support for analog circuits, high-voltage devices, non-volatile memories, sensors and low-voltage ICs. In BiCMOS, the foundry is currently offering technology for wireless and linear applications ICs.