November 13, 2006 - The Fab Owners Association (FOA), a collection of an association of mainly second-tier semiconductor manufacturers, has expanded its roster with the addition of power technology developer International Rectifier, and Silicon Saxony, a network of technology companies for the Saxony, Germany, region. The FOA recently held its first members' meeting in Dresden, hosted by ZMD AG, with tours of Qimonda, Infineon, and Advanced Mask Technology Corp.
"The Fab Owners Association is an excellent forum in which we can work with others, leveraging our collective expertise, to solve common manufacturing issues that result in a stronger supply chain or a better product," stated Marc Rougee, International Rectifier's VP of worldwide fab operations.
FOA's device maker membership represents approximately 1.0 million wafer starts/month (200mm-equivalent), and over $22 billion in annual revenue. Companies include AMI Semiconductor, Cypress Semiconductor, Delphi Microelectronics Center, Fairchild Semiconductor, Freescale Semiconductor, International Rectifier, Intersil, Jazz Semiconductor, MagnaChip Semiconductor, Micrel Semiconductor, NXP Semiconductors, ON Semiconductor, Spansion, and ZMD AG.
Major FOA efforts include exploring manufacturing efficiencies through such efforts as collaborative purchasing efficiencies, an online member to member marketplace for surplus used manufacturing equipment (launched earlier this year), and collaboration on solving common manufacturing problems.