The companies have entered into i) a foundry services agreement under which Fujitsu will manufacture wafers for ON Semiconductor, and ii) a definitive agreement pursuant to which ON Semiconductor will become a minority shareholder of Fujitsu's 8-inch wafer fab in Aizu-Wakamatsu, Japan.
Fujitsu Semiconductor Limited and ON Semiconductor (Nasdaq: ONNN) announced that they have entered into a foundry services agreement. Under the terms of this agreement, Fujitsu will manufacture wafers for ON Semiconductor at its 8-inch front-end semiconductor wafer fabrication facility located in Aizu-Wakamatsu, Japan. Initial production of wafers is expected to begin within a year from , and ON Semiconductor will have the opportunity to access additional capacity in the Aizu-Wakamatsu fab in the future.
To build a stronger partnership, the two companies have also entered into a definitive agreement under which ON Semiconductor will obtain a 10 percent ownership interest in a newly formed subsidiary of Fujitsu Semiconductor that will include Fujitsu's 8-inch Aizu-Wakamatsu fab. The consideration to be paid by ON Semiconductor for this minority interest will be ¥700 million (approximately $7 million). The transaction is expected to close during the fourth quarter of 2014 or in early 2015, subject to certain regulatory approvals and other closing conditions.
"We believe that growth of the new company will contribute to the development of the region, as well as to maintaining employment," said Haruki Okada, president of Fujitsu Semiconductor Limited. "We expect that the agreements for the foundry services and the acquisition of minority stake of the 8-inch fab by ON Semiconductor will greatly boost the businesses of both companies."
"This is a strategic investment for ON Semiconductor to secure additional manufacturing capacity, to support our production needs and revenue growth in coming years," said Keith Jackson, president and CEO of ON Semiconductor. "We believe these agreements with Fujitsu Semiconductor will enable us to maintain our industry-leading manufacturing cost structure and also help us optimize our capital spending in coming years."
About Fujitsu Semiconductor Limited
Fujitsu Semiconductor Limited designs and manufactures semiconductors, providing highly reliable, optimal solutions and support to meet the varying needs of its customers. Products and services include Customized SoCs (ASICs), Foundry Service, ASSPs, and Ferroelectric RAMs (FRAMs), with wide-ranging expertise focusing on mobile, imaging, automotive and high performance applications. Fujitsu Semiconductor also drives power efficiency and environmental initiatives. Headquartered in Yokohama, it was established as a subsidiary of Fujitsu Limited on March 21, 2008. Through its global sales and development network, with sites in Japan and throughout Asia, Europe, and the Americas, Fujitsu Semiconductor offers semiconductor solutions to the global marketplace.
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About ON Semiconductor
ON Semiconductor (Nasdaq: ONNN) is driving energy efficient innovations, empowering customers to reduce global energy use. The company offers a comprehensive portfolio of energy efficient power and signal management, logic, discrete and custom solutions to help design engineers solve their unique design challenges in automotive, communications, computing, consumer, industrial, LED lighting, medical, military/aerospace and power supply applications. ON Semiconductor operates a responsive, reliable, world-class supply chain and quality program, and a network of manufacturing facilities, sales offices and design centers in key markets throughout North America, Europe, and the Asia Pacific regions. For more information, visit http://www.onsemi.com.