TEMPE, Ariz.--Philips Semiconductors today announced it is creating a new standard analog business unit here by expanding a former operation of VLSI Technology Inc., which was acquired by the Dutch chip company in June.
The semiconductor subsidiary of Royal Philips Electronics N.V. said it plans to add at least new 50 positions to the operation during the next year. Currently, the operation employs 185 people.
Philips' new Standard Analog unit will have worldwide responsibilities for products, and it will handle devices for networking, computing and ASIC markets. Philips said it expects employment at the site to double by 2003, with most new positions being in engineering, marketing, and technology development.
To head up the new unit, Philips hired Ben Adamo from Motorola Inc.'s Semiconductor Products Sector. Adamo has worked at Motorola for 20 years in engineering and management positions. Most recently, he was the director of Motorola's Analog Hard Copy Imaging Operations, said Philips.
"As part of the successful integration of VLSI, Philips Semiconductors moved quickly to re-align its business units and re-prioritize programs to maximize growth potential," said Rick Goeld, executive vice president and general manager the Multi Market Products Business Unit of Philips Semiconductors. "Tempe offers a tremendous talent pool, room for growth and excellent quality of life considerations. We anticipate a great future for Philips Semiconductors in Tempe."