Motorola transfers military chip component technologies to Lansdale

TEMPE, Ariz. — Officials at Motorola Semiconductor products sector — now On Semiconductor — have transferred the rights to all of their military component product lines to Lansdale Semiconductor, including chips used on the U.S. Air Force E-3 Airborne Warning and Control System (AWACS) aircraft.

Oct 1st, 1999

By John McHale

TEMPE, Ariz. — Officials at Motorola Semiconductor products sector — now On Semiconductor — have transferred the rights to all of their military component product lines to Lansdale Semiconductor, including chips used on the U.S. Air Force E-3 Airborne Warning and Control System (AWACS) aircraft.

After two years of negotiations, "our company will be the only semiconductor manufacturer and supplier for Motorola`s discontinued military and aerospace integrated circuits," says R. Dale Lillard, president of Lansdale in Tempe, Ariz.

Under terms of the agreement, Lansdale now holds manufacturing and marketing rights to the military IC devices originally designed and produced by Motorola. Lillard says he expects a sizeable military sales increase, and has added two shifts at Lansdale`s Class 100 bipolar fabrication facility to meet the demand.

AWACS uses the MECL10K and MECL10E devices, Lillard says. Other technology rights transferred include MGCMOS-Metalgate CMOS, PLL, TTL, MECL10KH, ECLinPS, and analog integrated circuit devices with 369 package types.

Lillard says many of the U.S. Department of Defense applications using the Motorola technology are radar based, such as the U.S. Air Force E-8C Joint Surveillance Target Attack Radar System, better known as Joint STARS.

Lillard says he has all of the Motorola military products except the microprocessor chips, which Motorola still retains.

Leaders of Motorola`s CPTO group abandoned their military business in 1996 because of low volumes. Texas Pacific Group then bought the CPTO group and changed its name to On Semiconductor.

For more information contact R. Dale Lillard of Lansdale by phone at 602-438-0123, by fax at 602-438-0138, by mail at Lansdale Semiconductor 2502 W. Huntington Drive, Tempe, Ariz. 85282, by e-mail at lansdale @lansdale.com, or on the Web at http://www.lansdale.com.

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