Fairchild opens power fab

Bucking the trend to go fabless for all but the very largest chip companies, Fairchild Semiconductor has opened a fab.

Sited in Bucheon Korea, it is a 200mm fab for mains voltage components.

“This new fab symbolises the company’s focus on power semiconductor solutions,” said the company. “It increases the flexibility and cost competitiveness of Fairchild’s supply chain to the Asian mobile handset market, as well as to leverage the region’s leadership in energy efficient electronics such as LED backlighting, LCD TVs and consumer appliances.”

Products are expected to include high-voltage discrete products aimed at power supplies, displays, motor controls, industrial power, and lighting.

The company bought the Bucheon site in 1999 and already has power component production there.

It is unclear if this is the re-opening of a fab on the site, closed a few years ago to save money.

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