German mixed signal specialist X-Fab Semiconductor Foundries is to buy Zarlink's Plymouth wafer fab for an undisclosed amount.
The buy increases X-Fab's wafer processing capacity by 18%. The German company has also struck a technology licence and foundry agreement to supply chips to Zarlink.
Zarlink has met its deadline to dispose of the plant and become a predominantly fabless company. Pat Brockett, its CEO, said in February that he wanted to sell Plymouth by the end of the first quarter (see original story).
Plymouth will be renamed X-Fab UK. All 180 staff will be retained. The facility operates 8in and 6in production lines and recently launched an ultra low-power analogue non-volatile 0.35µm CMOS process aimed at low voltage and low power applications.
X-Fab will add capacity for mixed-signal/high voltage, BiCMOS and other processes.