ON Semiconductor expands R&D Facilities in Limerick, Ireland

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The state-of-the-art facilities, located at Limerick’s Raheen Business Park, now embrace 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,” explainedd 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 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.

Pictured here, examining desktop computer motherboard which includes a power controller developed at the Limerick Design Centre. Left to Right are Michael Noonan TD, Irish Minister for Finance, Bob Klosterboer, John Blake, Breda O’Toole, IDA Ireland Regional Manager.

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