To support its increasing presence throughout the Asia Pacific region, Tower Semiconductor Ltd. is opening an office in Hsinchu, Taiwan, which will serve existing and future regional customers. The independent foundry provides cost-effective manufacturing foundry services in digital CMOS process technologies, specializing in the production and support of products in the mixed-signal and RF-CMOS, CMOS image sensors, power management and power devices, and embedded NVM domains.

The company operates two foundry facilities in Israel: Fab1 is a 6 inch wafer fab producing in 1.0 to 0.35 microns, while Fab2 is a state-of-the-art, 8 inch wafer fab that manufacturers in 0.18 and 0.16 microns (in aluminum) and 0.13 microns (in copper). Tower is in the process of ramping its Fab2 to over 30,000 wafers per month.

The Taiwan office will provide applications and logistical support to existing customers, and will also perform marketing activities aimed at the local market to increase its customer base.

The company's specialty foundry focus is seen as a perfect match for many Taiwanese fabless companies that seek professional manufacturers, who provide specialized expertise within designated manufacturing areas.

"Tower began serving customers within the Taiwan market more than five years ago, and since then, we have grown the number of local customers to a full dozen," said Russell Ellwanger, CEO of Tower. "Opening a representative office in Taiwan is part of Tower's strategy to enhance its business activities in the Asia Pacific region, and serves as a foundation to further expand our presence throughout additional countries within the area."