Maxim plans major upgrades to US semiconductor fabs

June 29, 2012 – PRNewswire — Semiconductor maker Maxim Integrated Products Inc. (NASDAQ:MXIM) is spending $200 million to upgrade and expand its US semiconductor manufacturing facilities in San Antonio and Dallas, TX; Beaverton, OR; and San Jose, CA. Maxim manufactures about 50% of its products in the US.

Maxim will invest approximately $65 million to expand its 380,000sq.ft. semiconductor fab in San Antonio, purchased from Philips Semiconductors Inc. in 2003. Maxim employs approximately 540 manufacturing and engineering staff in San Antonio. Manufacturing staff will be added over time as the expansion is completed and production ramps to capacity.

The fab makes ICs for mobile electronics — smart phones, tablet computers, automobile infotainment systems — and industrial equipment. The new wafer fab equipment (WFE) at San Antonio is needed to keep pace with the complexities and performance demands of new electronics, said Chris Michael, Managing Director of Maxim’s San Antonio fab.

Maxim was recently recognized by the San Antonio Water System with a "Refreshing Ideas Award," acknowledging its effective methods to reduce water consumption. Maxim’s quadruple dividends project helped the company save 55 million gallons of water annually through changes such as condensation harvesting, third-stage reverse osmosis, and analytical reclaim.

The company will also invest $75 million of the funds to upgrade its 226,000sq.ft. fab in Beaverton, OR, purchased from Tektronix, Inc. in 1994. The fab makes ICs for electronic devices such as factory automation equipment, GPS and navigation units for cars and planes, satellite systems, and communications devices.

Maxim will upgrade manufacturing equipment, improve process technologies, and convert to newer technology nodes. Maxim employs approximately 540 manufacturing and engineering staff in the Beaverton facility. Manufacturing staff will be added over time as the expansion is completed and production ramps to capacity.

With the aid of the Energy Trust of Oregon, Maxim’s Beaverton facility recently initiated an energy conservation program that has saved annually over 3.7 million kilowatt hours of electricity and reduced carbon dioxide emissions by over 1400 tons. The site is actively looking at additional energy-efficiency opportunities in solar-electric power, lighting automation, and boiler plant upgrades.

Maxim also employs approximately 300 workers at its Hillsboro, OR site, which is focused on engineering and administrative functions.

Maxim has approximately 9,300 employees worldwide. This investment is consistent with previously disclosed estimates for capital expenditures in Maxim’s fiscal years 2012 and 2013.

Maxim makes highly integrated analog and mixed-signal semiconductors. For more information, go to www.Maxim-ic.com.

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