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Plessey Semiconductors brand relaunched

It has been announced that Plessey Semiconductors has started trading from its semiconductor manufacturing facility in Roborough, Plymouth.

The company has been created from the acquisition of the share capital of X-FAB UK together with existing key engineering competence within Plus Semi, a design and technology centre located in Swindon. The name of the operating business has been subsequently changed to Plessey Semiconductors.

The semiconductor manufacturing facility in Roborough currently produces 8in wafers for external customers in a foundry business model on 0.35micron cmos process technologies. Plessey Semiconductors is transferring its bipolar process technologies on both silicon and silicon on insulator substrates into its Roborough facility. The transfer of these processes is scheduled for completion in 2010.

Both the cmos and the bipolar process technologies will be used to support a set of existing foundry customers. However, Plessey Semiconductors aims develop and support a range of high performance analogue and mixed signal semiconductor products.

Michael LeGoff, managing director of Plessey Semiconductors, said: "The historical significance of what we are doing is not lost on the management and employees of our new business. A large proportion of our employees started their careers in Plessey working in the various sites around the UK. We see this announcement as a return to our roots. This is a business model that addresses a market that we know very well - designing and manufacturing a set of high technology semiconductor products that competes with any semiconductor company in the world."

Paul James, commercial director of Plessey Semiconductors, added: "We are very excited about the relaunch of the Plessey Semiconductors' brand and our new business strategy. Our positioning addresses the critical and immediate requirements we have identified in the market for our high performance analogue technology and products. We have been receiving very positive responses from the market about our plans to support both our existing foundry customers and to engage new customers with exciting new product releases. The first of these product families is on schedule for release later in 2010."

The South West Regional Development Agency will part fund the project by providing nearly £1million under the Grant for Business Investment scheme when the deal is completed.

Chris Shaw

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