updated 11/5/2010 5:46:33 PM ET 2010-11-05T21:46:33

SUNNYVALE, Calif., Nov. 5, 2010 (GLOBE NEWSWIRE) -- Maxim Integrated Products (Nasdaq:MXIM) recently qualified and shipped production analog product built on 300mm wafers. This gives Maxim a significant technology edge in the analog/mixed-signal market.

Maxim is now producing 300mm wafers using its state-of-the-art 180nm BCD analog process technology (S18) in Powerchip Technology Corporation's wafer fab through a foundry agreement. This achievement gives Maxim a strategic advantage in the analog market, providing a capital-efficient manufacturing model that enables quick response to changing market conditions. It extends Maxim 's hybrid approach to wafer fab capacity, utilizing both in-house and outsourced wafer fabrication. This concept was introduced by Maxim in 2007 when the Company partnered with Seiko Epson. This latest milestone demonstrates Maxim 's ongoing commitment to providing its customers with a world-class supply chain.

Collaboration was key to Maxim 's success in being first to market. "Our manufacturing and R&D teams worked closely with Powerchip's team to qualify Maxim 's S18 BCD technology for 300mm wafers in record time," commented Tunc Doluca, Maxim 's President and CEO. "I would like to thank all of the individuals involved and congratulate them for this tremendous accomplishment."

PHOTO: Maxim 's President and CEO Tunc Doluca, Group President Vijay Ullal, and Senior VP of Operations Vivek Jain holding the first 300mm wafer: http://www.maxim-ic.com/300mm.

About Maxim

Maxim Integrated Products is a publicly traded company that designs, manufactures, and sells high-performance semiconductor products. The Company was founded over 25 years ago with the mission to deliver innovative analog and mixed-signal engineering solutions that add value to its customers' products. To date, it has developed over 6400 products serving the industrial, communications, consumer, and computing markets.

Maxim reported revenue of approximately $2.0 billion for fiscal 2010. A Fortune 1000 company, Maxim is included in the NASDAQ 100, the Russell 1000, and the MSCI USA indices. For more information, go to www.maxim-ic.com.

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