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NSC Goes After Telecommunications Market with New Thyristor

Phoenix-based semiconductor-maker National Scientific Corp. Friday indicated its intentions to make a play for the telecommunications market with the launch of a range of high-speed power control products and circuit protection applications.

The technology is a specialized semiconductor transistor known as a thyristor, and NSC said it has scored an inaugural sales contract for the product with a U.S.-based electronics firm. The contract calls for NSC to deliver 14 million thyristors over the next 12 months, with an approximate annual value of $1 million. The first shipment is scheduled for this quarter.

"We have acquired proprietary thyristor technology that is significantly superior to the competition in its overall performance," said Michael Grollman, NSC president. "With extremely fast switching times and high reliability, we believe this technology will excel in the protection of key circuits within the telecommunications network infrastructure as well as in high reliability applications."

The company will initially manufacture the devices in the U.S. on an outsourced basis, but said it would explore adding manufacturing capacity in the Far East as volume requirements build.