A New Start for Plessey Semiconductors
Afamous name has been resurrected following the bold decision taken by the management teams from Plus Semi in Swindon, UK, and the former X-FAB facility in Roborough, Plymouth, UK, to re-launch
Plessey Semiconductors Ltd. The company has been created from the acquisition of the share capital of X-FAB
UK Ltd. together with existing key engineering competence within a design and technology centre located in
The semiconductor manufacturing facility in Roborough
currently produces eight-inch wafers for external customers in a foundry business modelled on 0.35 micron CMOS
process technologies will be used to support a set of existing foundry customers. However, Plessey Semiconductors
aims to follow in its namesake’s footsteps by developing
and supporting a range of high performance analogue and
mixed-signal semiconductor products.
“The historical significance of what we are doing is
not lost on the management and employees of our new
business,” said Michael LeGoff, Managing Director of
Plessey Semiconductors. “A large proportion of our em-
ployees started their careers in Plessey working in the
various sites around the UK. We see this announcement
as a return to our roots. This is a business model that ad-
dresses a market that we know very well—designing and
manufacturing a set of high technology semiconductor
products that competes with any semiconductor company
in the world.”
Dr. Paul James, the company’s commercial direc-
tor, added, “We will, of course, continue to support our
foundry customers, but Plessey Semiconductors will be a
standard products company. Moving into products we will
be leveraging our extensive in-house design experience to-
gether with our expertise in technology development and
optimisation to create innovative products.”
Planned new product launches for 2010 include a range
of current feedback and voltage feedback high slew rate
operational amplifiers and high speed prescalers and divid-
ers operating up to 13 GHz.
Plessey Semiconductors’ facility in Plymouth.
Richard Mumford, International Editor
Irish Government Backs Bell Labs’
Alcatel-Lucent will expand Bell Labs, the company’s research arm, in Ireland,
with the backing of
the Irish Government,
which is offering support through the Industrial Development
Agency (IDA) Ireland.
The expansion aims to create more than 70 new high-cali-bre technology positions over the next five years.
Since its establishment in 2005, Bell Labs in Ireland has
collaborated closely with both academic and business communities through an Open Innovation programme in strategic areas such as telecommunications, supply chain and
the environment. The expansion will generate a greater
number of opportunities for Irish academia and industry to
benefit from Bell Labs Ireland’s unique facilities and technology insight and from exposure to the company’s expanding global network.
The extension of this relationship and the increase in
the number of technology experts will also enable Bell
Labs in Ireland to support Bell Labs’ contribution to the
recently announced Green Touch Initiative—an open consortium of academic and commercial research institutions
from around the world who are creating the technologies
needed to reinvent communications networks and make
them 1000 times more energy efficient than they are today.
Through its open innovation model, Bell Labs Ireland is
a key contributor to successful projects such as the Science
Foundation Ireland-supported CSET the Centre for Telecommunications Value-Chain Research (CTVR), a collaborative research centre involving seven Irish universities
that has yielded a pool of highly skilled researchers and
scientists who are poised to make significant contributions
to the Irish knowledge economy.
will generate a
greater number of
Irish academia and
Roke Service Aids Compliance and
In partnership with certification specialist Sulis Con- sultants, Roke Manor Research Ltd. has launched its Regulatory Compliance and Performance Optimisation
Service to minimise re-design costs and accelerate product development time. The aim is to deliver accelerated
product development by minimising the requirement for
re-designs and multiple test cycles.
The service is uniquely scalable, allowing developers
of multi-mode mobile products to choose from a range of
design consultancy services and pre-compliance testing,
through to a complete certification package. The scalability
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