ON Semiconductor Dedicates Manufacturing And R&D Facility


Phoenix, Arizona, August 5, 1999 - After unveiling its new name at a press conference held at the company's headquarters today in Phoenix, ON Semiconductor, formerly a division of Motorola, announced the dedication of an advanced manufacturing and development center. Located in Phoenix, the Component Development Manufacturing Center will be known as CDMC-West and will begin operations with six-inch wafers and 0.35 micron capability. The facility will focus its operations on advanced TMOS power devices, but is capable of producing a broad range of advanced semiconductors.

Built in 1994, the facility was first operated under Motorola Semiconductor Products Sector to produce communication devices. The following year, a semiconductor industry slow-down prompted Motorola to ramp-down operations and eventually cease production. ON Semiconductor assumed ownership of the facility from Motorola under the terms of a management buyout of the Semiconductor Components Group led by Texas Pacific Group announced by the former parent company on August 5.

"The dedication of CDMC-West is important because it completes another step in our low cost manufacturing strategy," said Bill George, chief manufacturing & technology officer of ON Semiconductor. "This manufacturing center is yet another example of how we are increasing our die output by migrating production from four-inch to six-inch wafers and designing in submicron technologies. This strategy allows us to be very cost competitive in our industry."

CDMC-West will be the home of a TMOS development and pilot manufacturing line that will be moved from its current Motorola facility location in Mesa, Arizona. Execution of the move will begin in January, 2000 with complete operations ramping up by the end of the year. TMOS power devices are used in equipment that provides power regulation such as battery chargers and power switching in control systems.

About ON Semiconductor
ON Semiconductor, formerly a division of Motorola, is the world's leading supplier of analog, logic and discrete semiconductor components with shipments of 15 billion units in 1998 totaling $1.5 billion in sales. These power and interface products are an integral part of electronics that provide the security, convenience and entertainment in today's world.

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Yinka Massally
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ON Semiconductor
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Account Director
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