SAN FRANCISCO—Fairchild Semiconductor International Inc. said Monday (Nov. 22) it would increase its focus on the mobile handset as a market for the company's products.
Fairchild, best known for its power semiconductor products, said it was developing chips that deliver new levels of functionality to help differentiate mobile designs.
Fairchild said it is increasing investment in and development of a targeted portfolio of analog and power intellectual property (IP) to support handset manufacturers’ specific signal path requirements for audio, video, USB, signaling, sensing and timing, and in power management for peripheral cores, lighting and RF.
“A growing percentage of the mobile handsets shipped today are higher end, feature-rich phones and ‘smartphones’ that heavily rely on the type of semiconductor solutions Fairchild develops,” said Bob Conrad, executive vice president of Fairchild’s Mobile, Computing, Communication and Consumer products group, in a statement.
Fairchild cited several examples of its new mobile focus, including the company's FT8010 restart timer which enables a device to be reset with the touch of a designated key pad function, and the company's FAN5362 device, which the company says extends battery life and conserves board space in portable and consumer designs.