On April 1, the analog IC manufacturer Darwin's official website announced that it has completed the acquisition of Texas Instruments' wafer fabrication plant and operations unit (GFAB) in Greenock, Scotland.
As mentioned earlier, Diodes will integrate Greenock's plant and fab operations, including the transfer of all GFAB employees to Diodes. In addition, Diodes provides permanent employment opportunities to 18 contractors who support GFAB operations. As part of the multi-year wafer supply agreement, when TI moves to other fabs, Diodes will continue to manufacture TI's analog products from GFAB. The GFAB plant has a capacity of 21,666-25,000 8-inch equivalent wafers per month, depending on the product mix.
Dr. Keh-Shew Lu, President and CEO of Diodes, said that the acquisition of GFAB is in full agreement with Diodes' strategic growth plan, especially in the automotive and industrial markets, and that GFAB is expected to play an important role in achieving the company's revenue and profit growth targets. effect. With the end of the transaction, Diodes is now turning its attention to GFAB's strategic plan to actively promote new wafer fabrication processes and features to support Diodes.
It is understood that GFAB is National Semiconductor's first FAB outside the United States and one of the early fabs in the Silicon Valley area of Scotland. The plant was commissioned in 1970, rebuilt in 1987, and converted to 8 inches in 2009. A 6-inch compatible production line, GFAB was included in Texas Instruments' acquisition of National Semiconductor in 2011.
According to media reports, in early 2016, Texas Instruments said that it plans to close GFAB in the next three years, and GFAB gradually transferred its products to 8-inch fabs in Germany, Japan and the United States.
Data shows that Diodes mainly provides discrete devices, logic devices, analog and mixed-signal chips, including diodes, rectifiers, transistors, MOSFETs and so on. After the acquisition, Diodes has two fabs (6-inch and 8-inch) in the UK and two fabs (6-inch and 8-inch) in Shanghai, China.
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