In a prepared statement, Fairchild (South Portland, Maine), said the new design center responds to the burgeoning high-technology markets in South America. The company said it is focusing on the South American region, projected by the World Semiconductor Trade Statistics to have a 14 percent growth rate in 2006 and nearly 10 percent in 2007, to support its manufacturing customers.
"Fairchild's design center in Brazil, as well as all of the company's centers worldwide, are able to respond to our customers' demands for ready-made designs that they can take to market as quickly as possible," said Kevin Parmenter, Fairchild's senior director of field applications engineering for the Americas. "We are equipped to offer the top electronics manufacturers in the region Fairchild's power optimizing design expertise backed by a leading-edge product portfolio of analog, power discrete and standard products whose breadth-and-depth is unparalleled in the industry."
Fairchild maintains design centers in Germany, Korea, Taiwan, China and the U.S.