ON Semiconductor™ Announces the Foundation of a Centre for Microelectronics at the Slovak University of Technology in Bratislava, Slovak Republic

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Bratislava, Slovak Republic, 14th June 2000, ON Semiconductor announced today that it has founded a Centre for Microelectronics at the Faculty of Electrical Engineering and Information Technology at the Slovak University of Technology (STU). The programme, named ONMiST (ON Semiconductor Centre for Microelectronics at STU), will allow the Slovak University of Technology to advance capability in the modelling, design and characterisation of semiconductor building blocks in a real-world industrial environment.

The programme covers the establishment of an ON Semiconductor entity at the Slovak University's premises and covers an initial five-year collaboration. The first phase funding is 3.1m Slovak Koruna (SKK), equivalent to $75,000. The implementation of ONMiST will start with the establishment of joint development projects in the areas of logic building block characterisation and design, analogue integrated circuits testing and mixed signal design.

"The programme complements and demonstrates ON Semiconductor's increasing investment and commitment to long term presence in Central and Eastern Europe," said Alistair Banham, Vice President and General Manager of ON Semiconductor's Europe, Middle East and Africa (EMEA) region. "This joint collaboration will ultimately advance manufacturing capabilities and provide high educational value to the faculty and the students."

"The Slovak University of Technology has a proven track record acting as an industrial partner in the region," said Bola Aromolaran, Director of Technology Operation for ON Semiconductor EMEA. region. "The Faculty of Electrical Engineering and Information Technology has successfully completed multiple projects at our Roznov and Piestany product design and manufacturing facilities."

"Our main objective is to provide our graduates with up to the minute education in the microelectronic technology as a foundation for the development of the information society," said Professor Daniel Donoval, Head of the Department of Microelectronics at STU. "The participation of our students in a solution of particular problems within the research in design, modelling and simulation and characterisation of today's semiconductor building blocks promotes their ability to solve the practical problems."

Professor Donoval added, "The foundation of the ONMiST centre at our university will increase our educational capability and help us to attract students and staff members. It not only enables us to upgrade the design environment, but also the analytical and electrical laboratories, in which the students will participate to solve the real-word problems required by industrial projects."

In addition to the establishment of the ONMiST program, ON Semiconductor announced today it will be providing an internship program for four 4th year students, based in the ON Semiconductor production facility in Piestany, Slovak Republic. ON Semiconductor also offered a sponsorship, worth more than 400,000 SKK, donated to the Faculty of Electrical Engineering and Information Technology of the Slovak University of Technology. This investment will be used for the upgrade and development of technological and analytical microelectronics laboratories, and will be dedicated to design, modelling simulation and characterisation of semiconductor building blocks.

About the Slovak University of Technology in Bratislava, Slovak Republic

The Slovak University of Technology in Bratislava (STU Bratislava), the first polytechnic institution in Slovakia, was founded in 1937. More than 80 000 engineers have been educated there over the 63 years of its existence. The STU Bratislava also plays a key role as a leading cultural Institution, characterised by interactive links between education, science, research, industry, and services for society. This year, there are more than 15 000 students enrolled in undergraduate and graduate studies. The Department of Microelectronics was founded in 1961 and is one of the largest departments within the university. Currently there are more than 20 teachers (2 professors, 12 associate professors, and 8 assistant professors), more than 20 scientists and research workers and up to 25 Ph.D. students working at the department. The staff is responsible for education and research in the field of microelectronics, optoelectronics and sensorics within the branch of electronics. The obtained results and international acceptance allowed for the frequent international collaboration. As an established National Contact Point in Microelectronics and Sensorics within the framework of INCO Copernicus Program, the Department plays an important role in technology transfer, organising the Slovak infrastructure and representation for the Information Society Technologies Program in the 5th Framework Program of the European Union. https://www.stuba.sk

About ON Semiconductor

ON Semiconductor, formerly a division of Motorola, is one of the world's largest suppliers of analog, standard logic, and discrete semiconductors for data and power management. ON Semiconductor's products include integrated circuits for high-bandwidth data applications, analog ICs for power management and low-voltage power transistors. In addition to using micropackaging technology across all product families, ON Semiconductor offers the largest selection of discrete semiconductors in a variety of surface mount and standard packages. These semiconductors turn on and connect digital electronic products to our world. ON Semiconductor is the trade name of SCG Holding Corporation's affiliate, Semiconductor Components Industries, LLC.

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