Tuesday, February 14, 2012

TI engages ATREG as advisor for fab sales in Japan and USA

SEATTLE, USA: Advanced Technology Resource Group (ATREG), a Seattle-based advisory firm to the global semiconductor industry, has been engaged by Texas Instruments Inc. (TI) to advise on the sale of two manufacturing campuses in Japan and the US. After working together with TI for the past few weeks, ATREG will continue to facilitate the disposition of TI’s Hiji, Japan and Houston, Texas sites.

The well-maintained Hiji fab located in the silicon manufacturing region of Kyushu, Japan includes a high-quality, low-cost 150mm operational fab and an advanced 300mm assembly, test, and packaging operation. Technologies used in the fab include multiple analog CMOS (0.72-1.2 µm), multiple (1.0 to 0.72 µm) high-power analog BiCMOS, and high-voltage SOI BiCMOS with an equipment capacity of approximately 35,000 wafers per month (0.5µm and larger).

The fab is automotive-qualified (ISO / TS 16949-certified). The A/T facility produces 300mm advanced packages, ultra-fine pitch FlipChip, stacked package on package, stacked die, and high-density, high pin-count copper wire bonding, offering a capacity of approximately 7,500,000 units per month at a 250 average pin count.

A robust and cost-effective 150mm operational fab, the Houston facility is located on a 196-acre site. Offering a capacity of approximately 40,000 wafers per month, the fab is automotive-qualified (ISO / TS 16949-certified) and offers a unique wafer bump facility (wafer-level chip-scale package / plating capability). Technologies used include 1.0 µm CMOS with embedded flash memory, automotive 0.8 µm BiCMOS, multiple CMOS logic (0.72-2.0 µm), multiple analog CMOS (0.8-1.2µm), multiple (1.0-0.72 µm) high-power analog BiCMOS, high-precision analog bipolar, and ultra high-speed analog bipolar.

“We are committed to identifying qualified purchasers who will see the inherent long-term value of our Hiji and Houston manufacturing facilities,” explains Rob Simpson, VP of worldwide procurement and logistics for TI. “ATREG’s successful 10-year track record facilitating operational asset sales combined with their extensive experience in Japan make them the advisor of choice for us as we focus on workforce retention as part of these transactions.”

“The highly specialized, strategic approach we take when advising the world’s leading semiconductor companies on selling their manufacturing assets is very unique,” adds Stephen Rothrock, president and managing principal of ATREG. “From land and buildings to production, workforce, and supply agreements, we take every aspect into consideration to sell operational fabs as ongoing concerns and reach the best possible outcome for all stakeholders involved.”

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