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Posted: April 22, 2010
Intersil Donates 100,000 Square-Foot Wafer Fabrication Facility to the University of Central Florida
(Nanowerk News) Intersil Corporation, a world leader in the design and manufacture of high-performance analog and mixed-signal semiconductors, today announced that it will donate a high-technology semiconductor wafer fabrication facility and the land it occupies to the University of Central Florida.
The gift consists of 100,494 square feet (9,336 square meters) of office space, manufacturing and cleanroom facilities, plus a 5 acre (2 hectare) property. In addition, Intersil will provide utilities and assist with operating expenses during the first three years of UCF's ownership, enabling a turnkey solution for the university.
The entire donation is valued at approximately $13 million.
"Intersil is proud to make this unique wafer fabrication facility available to one of the nation's major institutions of higher education," said Dave Bell, Intersil's CEO. "It is our hope that the University of Central Florida will use this facility as a teaching and research center, as well as a high-tech business incubator for Palm Bay and the surrounding communities."
"This donation will further position UCF and the surrounding area as a major center for high-technology and business development," said M.J. Soileau, vice president for research and commercialization at UCF. "We have a long history of helping develop technology business through research, and Intersil's generosity will increase our ability to serve as an economic catalyst."
Soileau said UCF will use the site to expand its presence in Brevard County as a center for innovation and education.
Lynda Weatherman, president and CEO of the Economic Development Commission of Florida's Space Coast, said the donation will positively impact both the Space Coast and the state.
"UCF is renowned for its work in R&D and innovation," she said. "The university's expanded presence in the Space Coast region will strengthen our high-tech business creation, attraction and expansion efforts. We applaud Intersil's generous donation and their understanding of higher education's crucial role in economic development."
The wafer fabrication facility was built by Harris Semiconductor in 1977 and has served as part of Intersil's semiconductor wafer fabrication operations until last year, when operations were consolidated into a single facility. Known as "Fab 54," the facility has been used to make integrated circuits for major government, defense and aerospace programs. The facility was also used to make analog and mixed-signal products for consumer electronics and telecommunications equipment.
Intersil continues to make advanced semiconductor products in its Palm Bay, Florida facility, which serves as one of the company's major manufacturing locations. Approximately 550 people are employed in Palm Bay in a variety of engineering, manufacturing and administrative functions.
Intersil Corporation is a leader in the design and manufacture of high-performance analog and mixed signal semiconductors. The Company's products address some of the industry's fastest growing markets, such as, flat panel displays, cell phones, other handheld systems, and notebooks. Intersil's product families address power management functions and analog signal processing functions. Intersil products include ICs for battery management, hot-plug controllers, linear regulators, power sequencers, supervisory ICs, bridge drivers, PWM controllers, switching DC/DC regulators, Zilker Labs Digital Power ICs and power MOSFET drivers; optical storage laser diode drivers; DSL line drivers; D2Audio products; video and high-performance operational amplifiers; high-speed data converters; interface ICs; analog switches and multiplexers; crosspoint switches; voice-over-IP devices; and ICs for military, space and radiation-hardened applications.