Semiconductor foundry wins platinum status

April 3, 2006 at 2:19 AM
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MIGDAL HA'EMEK, Israel, April 3 (UPI) -- Israeli semiconductor foundry Tower has achieved its fifth international quality certification, the company announced over the weekend.

The latest certification is the ISO 17799, which deals with information security, and it was granted by the Standard Institution of Israel after an audit of the company's security system and work plan, according to a Tower statement.

"Achieving (this standard) is an important milestone in our strategic roadmap as a trusted partner to our customers," Tower vice president of manufacturing services Shimon Dahan said via the statement.

Because this is the company's fifth certification, it is eligible for "platinum" status, according to the statement.

Tower's other certifications are the ISO 9001-2000 Quality Management System; ISO/TS 16949 Quality System for the Automotive Industry; ISO 14001 Environmental Management Standard and IS 18001 Occupational Health and Safety Management Standard, the statement continued.

The company, established in 1993, manufactures integrated circuits measuring between 0.13 micron and 1.0 micron, the statement said. Its main offices are in Migdal Ha'emek, near Nazareth, with U.S. headquarters in Santa Clara, Calif.

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