ON Semiconductor has opened its product development center in Bratislava, Slovakia. The center will focus primarily on designing integrated circuit (IC) products for power management and automotive application solutions.
Currently, the center has a staff of 15 engineers, with plans to expand staffing to 30 in the near future. Among the products to be developed at the Bratislava Development Cente are linear voltage regulators and dc-dc switching regulator products.
For the past six years, ON Semiconductor Microelectronics Center at the Slovak University of Technology (ONMiST) in Bratislava has successfully worked with professors and students on longer-term projects in the fields of design, characterization and technology modeling. Marian Balaz, manager of ONMiST for ON Semiconductor, has directed these cooperative projects. Professor Daniel Donoval, Head of the Department of Microelectronics, has been the principal project advisor at the Slovak University of Technology.
More than two dozen students have participated in the program. Most of these students have graduated from the university and are now employed by ON Semiconductor. ONMiST will physically be moved into the new Bratislava Development Center.