Microelectronic and Fairchild Semiconductor Join Forces to Develop
Next Generation of Power Factor Correction ICs
by: Champion Microelectronic Corporation
Released on: May 4, 2001
Taiwan-May 4, 2001-Champion Microelectronic Corporation and
Fairchild Semiconductor International (NYSE: FCS) Analog Power
Management Group announce a partnership agreement to develop
next generation, low cost analog ICs for the power factor
correction (PFC) market. Under the agreement Champion will
design and develop analog PFC circuits in exchange for licenses
to certain Fairchild patents and PFC products. Both firms
will manufacture these new PFC products and be a second source
for one another.
Vice President of Fairchild's Power Management Group, sees
the agreement with Champion as a way to bring more products
to market sooner, and at a lower cost. "The Partnership,"
he states, "will expand what is already one of the strongest
PFC product portfolios in the analog IC industry. Champion
brings a design team with extensive experience in the rapid
development of highly innovative, low cost PFC chips." A recent
market study by Venture Development Corporation identifies
Fairchild Semiconductor as the market leader in Analog ICs
designed for PFC.
Hwang, Champion Microelectronic VP of Engineering, remarks
on the benefits to the analog market: "This partnership will
allow us to bring high volume, next generation PFC products
to market at a lower cost, with greater device performance
and increased energy savings for the consumer."
partnership reflects a general electronics industry trend
toward heightened interest in energy efficiency regulations.
When European standard EN61000 went into effect in January
2001, it required power factor correction circuitry in all
electronic equipment greater than 75 Watts. Power factor correction
ICs modify the input current in such a way as to reduce utility
power generation loads-thus easing the energy crisis and ultimately
reducing energy costs to consumers.
information, contact: Champion Microelectronic Sales and Marketing
Division at (886) 2-27880558: fax (886) 2-27882985 or visit
Champion's website at www.champion-micro.com.
Semiconductor Customer Response Group at (888) 522-5372; fax
(972) 910-8036, or visit Fairchild's website www.fairchildsemi.com.
Corporation Founded in 1998, Champion Microelectronic Corporation
is a privately held, Taiwan-based, analog IC manufacturer,
known for its high quality, reliability and service. The company's
express aim is to design and manufacture quality power semiconductor
devices for applications across a broad spectrum of communications,
computer, consumer, and industrial platforms. Champion's high-performance
products include Power Management, Battery Management, Audio
Amplifier, Bus Interface and LDO regulators. Please contact
Champion Microelectronics on the web at www.champion-micro.com.
Fairchild Semiconductor Fairchild Semiconductor International
(NYSE:FCS) is a leading global supplier of high performance
products for multiple end markets. With a focus on developing
leading-edge power and interface solutions to enable the electronics
of today and tomorrow, Fairchild's components are used in
computing, communications, consumer, industrial, automotive
and aerospace applications. Fairchild's 11,500 employees design,
manufacture and market power, analog & mixed signal, interface,
logic, and optoelectronics products from its headquarters
in South Portland, Maine, USA and numerous locations around
the world. Please contact Fairchild Semiconductor on the web