ISD Israel changes name to Winbond Electronics Corporation Israel Ltd.

Note: Winbond Electronics Corporation Israel (ISD) was closed in 2003. The current Winbond Israel was acquired from National Semiconductor in 2005. Please check news posted in 2005.3.16 on "News Search" for related information. 

ISD Israel, a wholly owned subsidiary of Winbond Electronics Corporation (Winbond), the largest branded IC company in Taiwan, is pleased to announce the change of its name to Winbond Electronics Corporation Israel Ltd.

Winbond acquired Information Storage Devices, Inc. (ISD Inc.) in December 1998, as part of its strategy to expand its product lines and its worldwide operation. ISD Israel, that was a wholly owned subsidiary of ISD Inc. continued to operate as a design center for Winbond. Concurrently with the name change, the Israeli operation will become a business division that will develop and market semiconductor products for cellular and hand-held appliances.

Archie T.Yeh, Winbond's Corporate VP and General Manager of Logic IC Business Group, said,"We have decided to make the most of the Israeli operation expertise in digital signal processing (DSP) in general and speech processing in particular, by extending the authority and responsibility from a design center to an independent business division."He added that,"The new positioning of the Israeli operation will contribute to Winbond's strategy to expand the company's product reach into new applications and markets."

Winbond's Israeli operation, headed by Avi Barel since its establishment in April 1997, has developed speech products for desktop telephony applications and award winning speech recognition products. The company will expand its product line to include additional speech processing technologies and other advanced features for cellular and hand-held devices.

About Winbond Electronics Corp. 

Winbond Electronics Corporation is the largest branded IC company in Taiwan. Winbond's product portfolio covers PC and peripheral-related ICs, consumer electronics ICs, multimedia ICs, non-volatile memory and DRAMs. Winbond has a leading position in Taiwan and East Asia in telephone dialers, PC I/O controllers, speech synthesizers and MPEG decoders. Winbond has four wafer fabs in operation, with current technologies up to 0.175 micron. Winbond also provides certain wafer capacity to serve foundry customers. Winbond is based in Hsinchu Science-Based Park, Taiwan. 

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