Omron Corporation a leader in automation, sensing and control technology, has finalised the preliminary agreement that it previously reached to acquire the semiconductor business assets of Seiko Epson's consolidated subsidiary, Yasu Semiconductor Corporation and the acquisition was completed on March 30, 2007. These business assets have been vested in Omron’s wholly owned subsidiary, Omron semiconductors(OSC), which will begin operations on April 2, 2007.
Employing an 8-inch CMOS production line, OSC will begin by manufacturing nonvolatile memory and logic ICs on a commission basis, and will subsequently expand its production to include original semiconductor elements and other products. OSC's sales target for fiscal 2007 is 3 billion yen, and sales are expected to exceed 5 billion yen by fiscal 2010.
Omron develops, manufactures, and markets custom ICs that provide functionality and cost-performance not found in general-purpose semiconductors, as well as MEMS (Micro Electro Mechanical Systems) products such as flow sensors and pressure sensors that utilise semiconductor processes in their manufacture. OSC will make it possible to further expand these semiconductor operations, while strengthening the Omron Group's line of semiconductor-equipped products.
The preliminary agreement was announced on October 25, 2006.
The assets consist of the semiconductor factory owned by Yasu Semiconductor Corporation in Yasu, Shiga, Japan.
Site area: Approx. 42,000 m2
Floor area: Approx. 40,000 m2
Facilities: Semiconductor manufacturing equipment (8-inch CMOS line), and Yasu Semiconductor Corporation intellectual properties related to equipment operation.