About Us

Plessey has continually improved the quality of people's lives for over 50 years. This has been achieved through the development of products using innovative and creative technology from the production of the first televisions for John Logie Baird in 1929 to the High Brightness MAGIC (Manufactured on GaN-on-Si I/C) LEDs it is bringing to the market today

Today Plessey is a leading expert in the development and manufacture of semiconductor products used in sensing, measurement and control applications. Plessey's products are found in a wide range of markets including communications, manufacturing, medical, defence and aerospace. Plessey designs products for high performance applications and its range of integrated products includes CMOS image sensors, Low and Mid-Power LEDs, Hall Effect devices and its award-winning EPIC electric potential sensors. These products all benefit from Plessey's high precision, high temperature and radiation tolerant technologies.


 
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Michael LeGoff

CEO

Founded Plessey with acquisition of Swindon assets in May 2009 and has led the business since that time. Prior to Plessey, in 1995 he founded a power semiconductor company, Dynex Semiconductors, which he listed in 1998 (CDNX:DNX) and sold his position in 2005. Michael holds a B.Sc in Physics and an MBA. He is a member of the IET, the AIAA and is a registered professional engineer

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Dr. Keith Strickland

Innovations & Technology Director

Over 15 years experience in senior technical roles in the semiconductor industry. Holds a Bachelor of Science Honours degree in Physics and Electronics (1987), Masters of Science degree in Semiconductor Devices (1988) and a Ph.D. in Solid State Physics (1992) from the University of Lancaster in the UK. Has published numerous technical papers and holds two patents relating to automated IC and ESD design methodologies

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Dr. Jose Lopez

Chief Commercial Officer

Over 25 years of senior management experience within the semiconductor industry, covering the Solid State Lighting, Communications and Consumer market segments. Customer focused, results oriented with a proven track record in design win success. Jose joins Plessey from Cree Inc., where he was Director Global Accounts. Prior to that, Jose was VP Sales and Operations EMEA at Mindspeed Technologies. In the previous 15 years, Jose held Sales Director, Business Development and Marketing positions at Conexant, National Semiconductor and NXP. Jose has a degree in Computer Science and a PhD in Electronics from The University of Sussex and an MBA from the Open Business School in Frankfurt. He has lived and worked in the UK, Germany, France and Spain and speaks a number of European languages.

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Iain Silvester

Chief Finance Officer

Over 20 years experience in private and public growth stage technology companies. Most recently he was CFO of picoChip Inc. Finance Director of Motion Media PLC, managed its IPO on the LSE in 2000. B.Sc in Chemistry and qualified Chartered Accountant with Ernst & Young, specialised in corporate finance.

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Christopher Bailey

Financial Director & Controller

Over 30 years. experience starting in 1979 with AEI Semiconductors which became Marconi Electronic Devices Ltd and then GEC Plessey Semiconductors. After GEC-Plessey Semiconductors was acquired by Mitel/Zarlink in 1998 became the Finance Manager World-wide Operations in 2000 to 2002 for Mitel/Zarlink including responsibility for six manufacturing sites across the world (3 UK, 2 Canada and 1 Sweden). Became the Site and Finance Director following the acquisition of the Plymouth site by XFAB in 2002. Holds an HND in Business Studies and qualified FCCA since 1987.

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Neil Harper

Product Group Director

During 31 years in the semiconductor industry Neil has held engineering, manufacturing, management and executive roles in the UK, Sweden and France. Neil holds an honours degree in Chemistry from the University of London and a post graduate qualification in Advanced Silicon Processing and Manufacturing Technologies.

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Ian Cooper

Corporate Counsel

Extensive experience as an in-house lawyer in the Hi-Tec sector, with over 17 years in the Semiconductor Industry, working for North American and British Companies . A generalist, with broad exposure to international business including a period working in the USA, dealing with M&A, commercial contracts, IPR matters, litigation and more. Experienced as both a Legal Director/Manager, and as a project lawyer. Graduated in Law at the LSE, and worked in Private Practice as a Commercial Solicitor before joining Industry.

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Myles Blake

IS Director

30 years of experience in the semiconductor industry starting with Plessey Semiconductors in 1981 as a test engineer. Moved into the growing world of IT and helped guide the company through the IT evolution. Changed from software development into Project management through the companies evolution, based in the UK, Canada and Sweden. IT Manager at X-FAB UK, holding responsibility for all aspects of local IT as well as corporate project responsibilities. Holds a HND in Computer Studies and a Diploma in Management Studies.

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Mike Snaith

Operations Director

25 years experience in the semiconductor industry, joining Plessey in 1987. Experienced as Team Leader for Photolithography, Diffusion and Films sections of Wafer Fabrication area before moving into manufacturing management role. Mike holds a Diploma in Management Studies.

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Pippa James

Human Resources Manager

Over 20 years. experience in senior HR management roles both within the UK and New Zealand, including GEC Plessey Semiconductor, Motorola, British Aerospace and SmithKline Beecham. Pippa holds an HND in Business Studies and a post graduate Diploma in Personnel Management from the University of the West of England.

Published Papers and Articles

Please find below information that may be of interest to the press and media. At Plessey Semiconductors our engineers are committed to research and innovation. This long-standing commitment is reflected in the number of scientific, peer-reviewed publications and patent applications our engineering and development teams have generated over the years

Technology Development

  • M.C. Wilson, S. Nigrin et al. » A modular approach to the manufacture of a high performance complementary Bipolar Technology Family Proceeding of Semicon West 2004 , San Francisco, USA 13 July 2004
  • M.C. Wilson, P.Osborne et al. » A 12 Volt , 12GHz Complementary Bipolar technology for High Frequency Analogue Application Proceeding of the 32nd European Solid State Device Research Conference, Firenza, Italy 24-26 September 2002
  • S.Nigrin, P.Osborne et al. » A complementary Bipolar Technology on SOI Technology 50GHz NPN and 35 GHz PNP devices. 2002 IEEE International SOI Conference October 7-10 Williamsburg Virginia , USA
  • M.C. Wilson, P. Osborne et al. » A New High Performance Complementary Bipolar Technology Featuring 45GHz NPN and 20GHz PNP Devices Proc. SPIE Microelectronic Manufacturing 1999, pp3881-10, Santa Clara, USA
  • M.C. Wilson, P. Osborne et al. » Process HJ: A 30GHz NPN and 20 GHz PNP Complementary Bipolar Process for High Linearity RF Circuits Proc. IEEE 1998 BCTM, pp164-167, Minneapolis, USA
  • M.C. Wilson, P. Osborne et al. » A New Complementary Bipolar Process featuring a Very High Speed PNP Proc. ESSDERC 1998, pp380-383, Bordeaux, France
  • B. Martin, N. Harper: Novel resist patterning strategies for the definition of high resolution via holes in polyimide interlayer dielectric. Proc. Advances in Resist Technologies and Processing IX pp 586-596, SPIE 1992.

Measurement Technique Development

  • L. Tan, M. M. A. Hakim, S. Connor , A. Bousquet , W. Redman-White, P. Ashburn, S. Hall » Characterisation of CMOS Compatible Vertical MOSFETs with New Architectures through EKV Parameter Extraction and RF Measurement Presented at Ultimate Integration on Silicon (ULIS), Aachen, Germany, 2009
  • L. Tan, M. M. A. Hakim, S. Connor , A. Bousquet, W. Redman-White, P. Ashburn, S. Hall » Compact Model Extraction Issues of Nonstandard CMOS Compatible Vertical MOSFETs Ultimate Integration on Silicon (ULIS), Glasgow, UK, 2010
  • S.D. Connor, S.J. Harrington, A.J. Manson, S. Nigrin, S. Thomas, M.C. Wilson » Automated On-Wafer Measurement of Noise Figure and Base Spreading Resistance ICSICT 2004 Beijing China Oct 18-21 (7th International Conference on Solid State and Integrated Circuits Technology)
  • MMA Hakim, L. Tan, A Abuelgasim, K. Mallik, S. Connor, A Bousquet, C. H. de-Groot, W. Redman-White, S. Hall and P. Ashburn » Self-aligned Silicidation of Surround Gate Vertical MOSFETs for Low Cost RF Applications. Accepted in IEEE Trans. Electron. Dev. July 2010
  • S.D. Connor » Measurement of '1/f' Noise in Poly-silicon Emitter Bipolar Transistor Structures Proceedings of IEEE International Conference on Microelectronic Test Structures, pp33-38, March 153-157, 1998.
  • S.D. Connor » On Wafer Noise Measurement Using Bipolar Transistor RF Test Structures Proceedings of IEEE International Conference on Microelectronic Test Structures, pp43-48, March 17-20, 1997
  • S.D. Connor, D. Evanson » Automated Extraction of Matching Parameters for Bipolar Transistor Technologies Proceedings of IEEE International Conference on Microelectronic Test Structures, pp33-38, March 25-28, 1996

FAB Management

  • N. Harper » SMIF and Mini-Environment Technology - The Realityuture Fab International Volume 3, July 1997.

Investors

Plessey is a privately held leading and innovative electronic design and manufacturing company with a sound revenue base and ground-breaking new products projected to grow exponentially.

  • Impressive global brand with a strong technology heritage
  • Exciting and innovative products
  • Established relationship with key customers and partners
  • Experienced management team

A strong IP portfolio and research & development capabilities have produced revolutionary new products which exploit Plessey's manufacturing capabilities and sales infrastructure.

Our Quality Philosophy

Through our products and their applications Plessey Semiconductors aims to improve our customers' and end-users' quality of life. This includes meeting and exceeding customer expectations at all times.

For us, that means designing and developing products to the best of our ability and to focus on continuous innovation and improvement. We strive to enhance the quality of our products and processes, meet manufacturing schedules consistently and achieve a level of outstanding customer service.

Accreditations

  • ISO9001
    ISO 9001:2008

    Recognised worldwide this standard is the reference against which an organisations performance can be assessed. It ensures that Plessey Semiconductors has all the necessary processes in place to meet customer needs.

    TS16949
    TS16949:2009

    Building on the ISO09001 standard, TS16949 contains additional requirements to meet the stringent needs of the automotive industry.

  • ISO14001
    ISO14001:2004

    Aligned to ISO9001, this is an environmental standard that ensures that the way we manufacture our products at Plessey Semiconductors has minimal impact on the environment. This standard is recognised worldwide.

    OHSAS18001
    OHSAS18001:2007

    OHSAS18001 is a standard against which the health and safety systems and related processes within Plessey Semiconductors are assessed. It ensures that we take a high level of care of our employees and that they are not harmed whilst working within our facilities.

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Quality Documents

Title Date
 Plessey - ISO14001 Certification 29-May-2013
 Plessey - ISO9001 Certification 12-Jun-2013
 Plessey - OHS 81517 Certification 15-Jun-2010
 Plessey - RoHS Declaration of Non-use of Banned Substances 17-Feb-2014
 Quality Management System ISO/TS 16949:2009 Certificate of Registration 13-Jun-2013