Fairchild Signs Partnership Agreement with Champion Microelectronic

May 10, 2001 by Jeff Shepard

Fairchild Semiconductor (San Jose, CA) announced a partnership agreement between its analog power management group and Champion Microelectronic Corp. (Taiwan) 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.

Jeffrey Hwang, Champion's vice president of engineering, remarked, “This partnership will allow us to bring high-volume, next-generation PFC products to market at a lower cost, with greater drive performance and increased energy savings for the consumer."