TEMPE, Ariz. ( ChipWire)-- Primarion Inc., a chip startup, is buying a bipolar wafer fab from Lansdale Semiconductor Inc. here.
Primarion, which was launched by former executives of Intel Corp., said it will rely on outside foundries to build its mixed-signal devices, and will use the Tempe facility acquired from Lansdale to support its R&D efforts.
Lansdale will acquire an equity stake in Primarion as part of the deal. Primarion is developing signal-integrity technology that it will aim at high-speed processors. The company said it views fab ownership as a critical part of crafting mixed-signal devices, and as a strong enticement to lure highly-coveted analog engineers.
The company did not disclose the terms of the deal, but said it will continue to supply chips to Lansdale from the acquired facility.