SkyWater acquires specialty foundry business

SkyWater acquires specialty foundry business

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SkyWater Technology, the foundry formed by the buyout of a 200mm wafer fab in Bloomington, Minnesota earlier this year, has been assigned the foundry customer relationships from Cypress Semiconductor.
By Peter Clarke


The customer relationships were already being serviced within SkyWater’s 200mm semiconductor wafer manufacturing facility when purchased from Cypress earlier this year. Through the transaction, SkyWater assumes ownership of Cypress’ current embedded specialty foundry customer engagements and adds associated business management personnel.

As part of the assignment, which closed October 2, SkyWater will now have direct responsibility for all specialty foundry customers, eliminating the prior Cypress interface. The same team will continue working with all existing customers, the only difference being that they are now SkyWater employees.

“The specialty foundry business was created in 2008 with the vision of providing advanced development access to a high-volume production-scale fab, building on the site’s proven track record of success in bringing new technologies to production,” said Michael Moore, executive vice president of sales and marketing at SkyWater, in a statement. “This move is a natural next step for the company and our customers. We have successfully diversified the customer base this way, by serving new and unique markets that are poised for rapid growth.”

SkyWater is running a variety of manufacturing processes including those for superconducting materials for quantum computing devices, for MEMS-based infrared imagers, DNA sequencing and fabrication platforms, and for photonic integrated circuits.

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