ON Semi Announces New R&D Center For Ireland

July 15, 2008 by Jeff Shepard

ON Semiconductor announced the establishment of a new Research and Development Center at Raheen Business Park, Limerick, with the support of IDA Ireland.

ON Semiconductor states that the new R&D center in Limerick will become a center of expertise in digital power management and thermal management for next generation processors. It will develop controller and driver integrated circuits for next generation processors in servers, gaming consoles, desktop and laptop computers. At full capacity, the center will employ 49 people, 28 of whom are already in place.

Mary Coughlan, Deputy Prime Minister of Enterprise, Trade, and Employment, stated "This investment is a step-up in product complexity and value for ON Semiconductor and is expected to represent a higher level of technical innovation. The choice of Limerick for this investment is a major endorsement of Ireland’s ability to successfully implement such technologically advanced R&D projects, and to meet the company’s recruitment needs for high calibre R&D semiconductor designers and engineers. It is also an important vote of confidence in the existing Limerick group, particularly as it was won against strong competition for the project from other ON Semiconductor sites worldwide. This investment is a further important development for the growing cluster of IC Design companies in the mid-west region."

"The success of ON Semiconductor to-date has been based on our competency to manufacture and supply high quality, high volume individual products at competitive cost," said Bill Schromm, ON Semiconductor Senior Vice President and General Manager of Computing Products. "This investment will enable ON Semiconductor to develop its global market share and to successfully compete in the increasingly challenging and ever-changing industry in which it operates. We are confident that our choice of the Limerick group for this investment is the right decision because of the success of that operation to date and our experience of Ireland’s can-do, flexible, pro-business environment which is ideal for our business."