International Rectifier Corp. last week moved to increase revenue by offering to make all its power management ICs and discrete products available to customers in die form. A dedicated business group will support the new program.
IR, El Segundo, Calif., expects the die business group to meet what the company sees as growing demand for bare-die parts across a wide range of industries including automotive, wireless, and industrial control.
"The formation of the new business group affirms our mission to help customers create their own, specially designed, applications-specific end products," said Robert Grant, IR's executive vice president, in a statement.
Grant could not be reached for additional comment, but a company spokesman said the business group will be staffed with existing IR personnel and not report its revenue separately.
While declining to state the die business group's revenue goals, the spokesman said that he expects bare-die sales to be incremental to packaged-die sales and to grow steadily over the next three years.
IR's entire line of parts--discrete semiconductors and ICs as well as proprietary device--will become available in die form, at lower costs and with lead times comparable to packaged devices, he said. The customer will take responsibility for packaging the part.
Though other semiconductor suppliers offer bare-die parts, IR believes it is the first company to make all its parts available in that form.
But how the IR program fares remains to be seen. Several analysts said that while they were not aware of other companies offering an extensive selection of bare-die products, they questioned how many users will require them.
Japanese companies have shown the most interest in bare-die parts because of the small size of their product designs, but U.S. and European companies are exhibiting more interest as well, according to the IR spokesman.
The bare-die parts will originate from wafer fabs supplying die for IR's packaged parts. They include a fab in Temecula, Calif., and another in Newport, England, which IR acquired from European Semiconductor Manufacturing in March 2002.