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ON Semiconductor Expands with R&D Facilities in Limerick, Ireland

12th September 2013
Jacqueline Regnier

ON Semiconductor driving innovation in energy efficiency, has moved its Limerick Design Center into an expanded and technically upgraded campus. The newly acquired state-of-the-art facilities, located at Limerick’s Raheen Business Park, now boast 2,000 square meters of office space and engineering laboratories that are ISO 9001:2010 and ISO 9001:2012 certified.

“The new design center facility is a valuable expansion of ON Semiconductor’s research and development (R&D) activities in Europe, as we continue to strive to deliver highly integrated, energy efficient power semiconductor solutions to the market,” stated John Blake, director of ON Semiconductor’s Limerick Design Center. “The engineering staff here now has ready access to a greater array of sophisticated technical resources than were available at our previous 900 square meter location. We are now better equipped to develop leading-edge products that are differentiated from our competitors’ – solutions possessing higher energy efficiency levels and superior performance characteristics.”

As part of the company’s Power Solutions Products business, the Limerick design center team is responsible for developing power and thermal management integrated circuits (ICs) primarily for use in computing and consumer electronics applications. The local operations house a technically-focused staff consisting of integrated circuit (IC) design engineers, IC layout engineers, application engineers, test engineers, design evaluation engineers and product marketing engineers.

The company hosted a Grand Opening ceremony today at the ON Semiconductor Limerick Design Center.

Officiating at the event, Minister for Finance Michael Noonan TD said:  “I am delighted to officiate the grand opening of ON Semiconductor’s state of the art Research and Development facilities here in Raheen Business Park. These new larger premises illustrate how ON Semiconductor’s operations in Limerick have been growing and also illustrate the company’s commitment to Limerick. I look forward to seeing the high value outputs from the work of the engineering teams that are based here.” 

Congratulating the team in Limerick, Barry O’Leary, CEO, IDA Ireland said:  “This move to a larger, higher specification facility to house this strategically important R&D activity for ON Semiconductor is an excellent endorsement of Ireland’s ability to provide the skills and expertise in this space. This R&D facility places Ireland at the very centre of the group’s worldwide R&D operations.  On behalf of IDA Ireland, I wish ON Semiconductor continued success and offer the ongoing support of IDA Ireland.”

The Limerick operations became a part of ON Semiconductor’s global product development operations in early 2008 when the company acquired the CPU Voltage and PC Thermal Monitoring business from Analog Devices, Inc. ON Semiconductor formally established its Limerick Design Center in January 2008 with the support of IDA Ireland. The team based in Ireland has steadily grown from an initial complement of 26 people to a team of almost 50.

The grand opening ceremony today was attended by Minister Noonan, Mr. O’Leary, Mr. Blake, Bob Klosterboer, senior vice president and general manager of ON Semiconductor’s Application Products Group, and the company’s Limerick Design Center team.

 

 

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