ON Semiconductor announced plans Thursday to double the size of its high-tech research center in Chandler.
The Power Conversion Integrated Circuit Development Center at 7402 W. Detroit St. will be expanded to 16,000 square feet and 20 additional engineering positions will be created, the company said.
The center focuses on research, design and testing of power-efficient integrated circuits — tiny microchips that are used in electronic products to manage the electric power supply from a wall outlet or battery to the device.
The goal is to minimize the power that is lost as heat during the operation of electronic products, said Andy Williams, vice president of ON’s Power Conversion Products Division.
"Today, approximately 40 percent of all power paid for by a consumer or business is lost due to conversion steps within virtually every electronic device plugged into a wall," he said.
"Our goal is to reduce this power loss by one-half with proprietary integrated circuits developed at our Chandler development center."
The long-term benefit will be to reduce household energy bills, conserve natural resources and reduce pollution, he said.
The market for circuits that improve power efficiency is expected to be strong as government regulations are tightened, he said.
"In the past, with regard to consumer electronics, the specification was such that the power consumed had to be less than a certain amount of watts while idle," he said. "Going forward, there’s a likelihood the rules will apply to active mode — when the product is actually being used."
Also driving the market are rebates offered by utilities to computer manufacturers for PCs and servers that operate at 80 percent efficiency or better.
The physical expansion of the development center is expected to be completed by the end of this year, Williams said.
Hiring of additional engineers will continue through next year, he said.
Information on jobs is available at www.onsemi.com.