Wednesday, February 17, 2021

FabExchange to Revive ex-Kodak 6-inch CCD Fab in Rochester

BusinessWire: FabExchange, a private equity and divestiture partner, has completed the acquisition of ON Semiconductor’s Rochester, NY, site. 

The property was originally constructed by Eastman Kodak Company in 1959 and expanded in 1980. The building core is made up of dedicated lab space, cleanroom and surrounding office space. With space totaling 263,000 square feet, inclusive of 7 floors and a basement, the building is designed for wafer fabrication, assembly, testing, and office space.

A core objective for FabExchange is to serve as a bridge for international companies wishing to invest in manufacturing in the US.

When acquiring facilities such as this, renovation and creative reconfiguration is almost always required. However, this facility is ready and primed for use by wafer fabs for MEMS, CMOS, CCD, and DRAM, and compound semiconductors (i.e., GaN or SiC fab, biochemical) production,” said Ali Shafi, Managing Partner of FabExchange. “We have a few clients showing interest in this facility generating great momentum, setting the stage for an exciting future for this property.


  1. Albert Theuwissen - Harvest ImagingFebruary 19, 2021 at 12:34 PM

    How many CCD fabs are still left on the globe ? Out of the top of my head :
    - former e2v in UK,
    - former DALSA in Canada,
    - Hamamatsu in Japan ?
    - Sharp in Japan ?
    - Supertex in USA ?
    Anyone else ???

    1. Panasonic still sells its ToF CCDs. I'd guess they are manufactured by Nuvoton-Tower fab in Japan.

      Espros keeps presenting its CCD for LiDAR at different forums. I think it's manufactured on its fab in Switzerland.

  2. To my understanding Espros did only perform BSI processing in Switzerland. Silicon-wise they were hopping foundries (Lfoundry had a couple of closures which seems to have affected Espros). Eventually, there was a press announcement that they ported their technology to TSMC:

    However, they haven't made any announcement on technology progress in what - 2 years? And their CTO Martin Popp left to Micron - not a great sign...


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