AT&T has set up a third application specific integrated circuit, ASIC, development centre, this time in London, as part of its strategy to catch a 15% to 20% market share of its related European semiconductor markets by 1990. The company has also set up sales offices in Stockholm and London with the announcement that the following standard components not previously available to the external market in Europe are available now: Integrated Services Digital Network, ISDN, chips, 32-bit digital signal processors operating at 25MHz, with a 16-bit fixed point digital signal processor to be introduced in March; dual port memories; the company’s WE32000 family of 32-bit Unix microprocessors, which will be introduced into Europe over the course of 1987; and fibre optic and associated products, including astrotech lasers operating at speeds of up to 2Gbps. AT&T Microelectronics Ltd is the name of the London design centre and it will open in the second quarter of 1987, adding to the company’s two other ASIC design centres in Munich and Madrid. It will target OEM customers with CMOS standard cell designs for the UK, to be manufactured at the company’s factory in Madrid when it starts operating in 1988. The UK design centre will start with three people, rising to around 30 by 1999. AT&T has a joint venture with Compania Telefonica National de Espagna SA in Madrid, where its semiconductor wafer factory is due to open in 1988. AT&T also has a joint agreement with SGS SpA in Italy to market linear bipolar and high-voltage integrated circuits.
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