SOUTH PORTLAND, Maine -- Fairchild Semiconductor International Corp. is forming a new internal division to focus on Internet hardware and wireless applications -- part of the company's growth plan, Fairchild said here today.
The Interface and Logic Group will target interface devices thatprovide intraconnection within major systems of the
Internet infrastructure, the company said. On the Internet hardware side, this includes drivers/receivers and clock circuits within routers, switches and enterprise storage subsystems; memory buffer controllers; transceivers that interconnect the backplane within routers; transceivers that drive backplanes of
high-end routers and central office equipment; high-speed switches; and USB
transceivers interconnecting devices on servers.
The wireless segment includes cellular basestations,
cellular phones, smart pagers and Internet personal digital
assistants. This will tap Fairchild's packaging options, broad line low-voltage products and worldwide distribution channels.
Fairchild believes it can leverage its legacy and expertise in developing noise control solutions in its logic
portfolio, pioneering low noise and proprietary EMI circuitry to meet the rapid technological advances of these markets, according to Kirk Pond, president and CEO of Fairchild Semiconductor.
"A combination of internal growth through the
development of new products and strategic acquisitions will see us
take a leading position in our selected markets," he said. "Interface products
expand our multi-market focus and will move us further into
application targeted products."
"The Interface and Logic Group will continue to work closely with
customers and standards-bodies to provide the cutting-edge solutions
that Fairchild is known for and the industry has come to expect," said
William Hall, vice president of marketing for the Interface and Logic Group.
Interface products will be part of the Fairchild Interface and
Logic Group but will be staffed and operated independently, Hall said, allowing Fairchild to work with industry leaders to develop products and allow
Fairchild to enhance relationships with key customers in those markets.
Initial products in the Interface Group will include Fairchild
switch technology, Gunning Transceiver Logic Plus (GTLP),
IEEE 1284 products, USB, and DIMM products. Fairchild's more advanced
offerings for servers and PCs in the high-performance interface
building block category will include USB and LVDS products.
Fairchild also expects to expand into standards-driven interface
products, in areas like Infiniband, TMDS, advanced USB and Fibre
Channel. New bus switch products, such as those
associated with the PCI-X protocol -- an open
standard for I/O interconnects surpassing 1 gigabyte per second -- will also be
included in the interface category, the company said.