Intersil Corporation formed in August 1999 as a Delaware Corporation. The Company designs, develops, manufactures and markets high-performance analog and mixed-signal integrated circuits ("ICs") for applications in the industrial, computing, consumer and communications electronics markets. The Company's product plan is focused on its portfolio of Application Specific Standard Products and General Purpose Proprietary Products which are targeted at four high-growth markets: High-End Consumer, Industrial, Communications and Computing. Intersil's consumer products include its optical storage, displays and handheld products. The Company's industrial products include its operational amplifiers, bridge driver power management products, interface and analog switches and multiplexers, and other standard analog products. Intersil's communications group is made up of its line drivers and hot plug power management products and high speed converters targeted to applications in markets such as DSL, home gateway, satellite and VOIP. The Company's computing category includes desktop, server and notebook power management, including core power devices and other power management products integrated circuits for peripheral devices. The Company operates in the semiconductor industry and mainly the analog and mixed-signal sector therein. Intersil's sales organization is supported by customer service and logistics organizations throughout the world. Distributors handle a variety of products, including products that compete with its products. The Company also engages in research projects with a small number of universities. Technology and research have also been extended through selective investments in privately held emerging companies. Intersil fabricates wafers of integrated circuits in its Florida manufacturing facility. The Company also has wafers of integrated circuits manufactured by foundry suppliers such as IBM Microelectronics, Taiwan Semiconductor Manufacturing Company, United Microelectronics Corporation and AMI Semiconductor. The majority of these processes are performed by independent subcontractors located in Malaysia, China, Taiwan, South Korea and the Philippines. However, the Company maintains assembly and test capabilities for certain products in Florida and California. Manufacture, assembly and test of integrated circuits is a complex process. The Company owns the rights to a number of trademarks and patents that are important to its business. The high performance analog and mixed-signal market is competitive. The Company is subject to numerous federal, state and international environmental laws and regulatory requirements.