ON Semiconductor in expansion mode

By Murielle Gonzalez | Published: 14-May-2018

US-based company expands manufacturing facility in New York and acquires Ireland-based SensL Technologies

ON semiconductor has expanded its manufacturing facility in Rochester, New York (US). Headquartered in Arizona, ON is a global supplier of high performance, energy efficient silicon solutions for green electronics.

The New York site develops and manufactures image sensor devices for commercial, industrial and professional imaging applications, including machine vision, surveillance, traffic monitoring, medical and scientific imaging and photography.

Located on a 4.2-acre site with over 260,000 sq ft of building space, the expanded facility supports all four disciplines of the semiconductor business: wafer fab, wafer probe, assembly, and test and packaging operations for specialized high-performance CCD and CMOS image sensors.

“Not only is the screen on your smart phone or TV likely inspected with image sensors manufactured at the Lake Avenue site, but image sensors manufactured at this facility are also on the surface of Mars, orbiting Jupiter and the Moon, and used in commercial satellites that monitor the Earth’s surface,” said Michael Miller, general manager and director of operations at ON Semiconductor.

Miller said this expansion would have not been possible without the support and grant from Empire State Development and their willingness to partner with ON. “We owe them a debt of gratitude, thank you Governor Cuomo,” he said.

“Manufacturing is a core competency for ON Semiconductor and the majority of ON Semiconductor’s manufacturing operations are done internally through the company’s industry leading cost structure,” said Bill Schromm, executive vice president and chief operating officer. “This expansion is important to our company as it significantly increases our assembly capacity at the ON Semiconductor Rochester location.”

The expansion is due in part to partnerships with local and state officials, including the Mayor and County Executive, Governor’s office and state officials, as well as members of Congress. All recognising the opportunity to grow the local economy and leverage the unique advantages that Rochester can bring.

"Green" electronics

ON Semiconductor is focused on energy efficient innovations in an effort to reduce global energy use. The company offers a comprehensive portfolio of over 80,000 energy efficient power management, analogue, sensors, logic, timing, connectivity, discrete, SoC and custom devices utilized in, computing, consumer, industrial, medical and military/aerospace applications.

The expansion plan follows on from the recent acquisition of SensL Technologies Ltd. Based in Ireland, SensL specialising in Silicon Photomultipliers (SiPM), Single Photon Avalanche Diode (SPAD) and LiDAR sensing products for automotive, medical, industrial and consumer markets.

This acquisition positions ON Semiconductor to extend its market leadership in automotive sensing applications for ADAS and autonomous driving with expanded capabilities in imaging, radar and LiDAR.

By combining this acquisition in Ireland with previously acquired radar technology and design centres in Israel and United Kingdom, ON Semiconductor is now positioned to provide a comprehensive set of sensor solutions for next generation highly autonomous vehicles and to solidify its position as a leader in image sensing and ultrasonic park assistance.

ON Semiconductor has also announced that in the second half of 2018 it plans to introduce samples to the market which incorporate technology from the radar assets acquired in 2017.

The company employs 300,000 staff and operates manufacturing sites in Belgium, Canada, China, Czechia, Japan,, Korea, Malaysia, Philippines, United States and Vietnam.

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