Excelics has just opened its new 4" wafer fab at the DeGuigne office. Prior to this, we had a 3" wafer fab at our Santa Clara office. Now, with the new and bigger wafer fab, production is expected to become more effective and efficient.
More importantly, it is an essential step towards achieving the revenue and profit projections that Tao outlined today in his presentation to the company. As of now, Excelics' bottom line is still red. And the company is 11 years old. However, the future seems to be looking good and the management is confident of breaking even soon and being quite profitable by 2010.
I think they're right. Although I've been here for less than a year, I can somehow sense a feeling of renewed hope around me. Something tells me that this company is actually going to hit or at least come really close to the ambitious projections that Tao has laid out.
In the 11 years of it's existence, Excelics has been unfortunately hit time and again by unforeseen circumstances that the company wasn't really prepared for. These included the Asian Economic Crisis as well as the Dot Com bust.
Now, however, sales have picked up again and we are at the border line of profitability. There has also been a greater investment in upgrading the facilities (new wafer fab), hiring more personnel and developing new products. The Transceiver, for example, that Excelics indigineously developed and started producing last year, has been a huge success. The demand is so high that Excelics finds it difficult to produce as many transceivers as the customers want. There have been some shuffles in the top management as well. My supervisor, Eric Casida, was bumped up to the CTO position and the old-CTO cum founder, RT Chen, was given the boot.
I will be writing my business case on Excelics Semiconductor pretty soon and in the process, finding out a lot more about this company. I guess my assessment would be more accurate at that stage and it would be interesting to compare it with what I've written now :)