Specialty chip foundry TowerJazz Panasonic Semiconductor Co. (TPSCo) has begun mass production of discrete chips for the industrial and consumer markets at its fab in Tonami, Japan, according to a statement issued Tuesday (Dec. 9) by Tower Semiconductor Ltd.
TPSCo is a joint venture owned 51 percent by TowerJazz and 49 percent by Panasonic Corp.
The initiation of mass production was achieved after a months-long process transfer from Fairchild to TPSCo, according to the statement. “Collaboration between the two companies has enabled record time to mass production,” said Zmira Shternfeld-Lavie, vice president of process engineering R&D at TowerJazz, in the statement.
“We chose TowerJazz as they are a market leader in process transfer capabilities and are known for the quality of their technical teams and transfer methodologies,” said Wei-Chung Wang, senior vice president of operations at Fairchild, in the statement.