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of Falkirk, maker of Silicon planar semiconductors

1960 Fairchild acquired one third of SGS, an Italian semiconductor manufacturer and a joint venture was formed, SGS-Fairchild, to exploit Fairchild's planar technology; SGS was owned by Olivetti and Telettra[1]

1962 Formed in the UK, a US-Italian-British concern involving Fairchild Semiconductors with SGS, an Italian company.

1963 Began production at a temporary plant at Ruislip

1967 Transferred to the Falkirk plant

1967 SGS-Fairchild had 21 percent of the British market for integrated circuits

1968 Details of their new plant for mass production of semiconductors [2]

1968 Fairchild withdrew from the joint venture because difficulties in their main business and the different direction that the market was taking in Europe compared with USA.

By 1972 was SGS (United Kingdom) of Falkirk

By 1977 was SGS-ATES (UK) Ltd, of Falkirk

See Also


Sources of Information

  1. The Semiconductor Business: The Economics of Rapid Growth and Decline, By Franco Malerba
  2. The Engineer of 12th April 1968 p585