Central Semiconductor Corp

Since 1974, Central Semiconductor has been the go-to company for customers around the world who want innovative and reliable discrete semiconductors. Today, Central supplies leading edge discretes for the hottest high-tech products, from MP3 players and laptop computers to bar code scanners and cell phones. 3COM, Cisco Systems, IBM, HP, Sony and Symbol Technologies are among Central’s top customers. At the same time, Central continues to manufacture older technology devices still needed by many manufacturers of products with long life cycles.

In the late 1970s Central recognized that there was an unfulfilled demand for trailing edge semiconductors. Manufacturers such as Motorola and Texas Instrument left a void when they began discontinuing production of germanium devices in favor of silicon. Central stepped in to fill this void and continued making germanium devices until the late 1980s. Since then, Central has remained dedicated to manufacturing other trailing edge devices in packages such as TO-78 and TO-66 metal cans. Trailing edge devices, which account for nearly 25% of Central’s total sales, allow for the extended life of older, but still useful end products, while avoiding the expense of costly redesigns.

To address the growing demand for surface mount devices (SMD), Central began to expand its product families in the 1980s. Smaller, more flexible, and more entrepreneurial than higher volume manufacturers, Central Semiconductor listens to customers’ specific needs and responds with innovative designs highly sought out by design engineers. Some of Central’s designs are Industry Firsts, for example: Central was the first company to manufacture a dual DMOS FET in an SOT-563 package, and is the only manufacturer of high current CLDs (Current Limiting Diodes).

With its unique combination of support for trailing edge technology and innovation, Central continues to build its reputation for manufacturing the highest-quality devices, delivered on time, with outstanding service, at reasonable prices. More than 1,500 customers know they can call on Central for standard devices and special, selected, or custom devices, with reasonable minimum orders. Solving customers’ most challenging problems is the key to mutual future success. Central’s Mission…complete customer satisfaction.

President’s Message

At Central Semiconductor, we’re serious about discrete semiconductors. Our business is the pursuit of perfection in the devices we manufacture; the delivery of our products; and the service we provide; all the time, every time. To suit varying applications, our products are available in three formats: leaded, surface mount, and chip form. We produce a wide range of standard devices, but we excel in custom, special, and other niche products. As we monitor industry trends and listen to customers, our engineers constantly respond by developing new products for ever-smaller and more sophisticated electronic devices

Discretes are our only business. We maintain an extensive inventory so customers don’t wait weeks or months for what they need. We welcome small quantity and special orders that our competitors brush aside, and we’re always eager to explore non-standard inquiries. Every customer has a skilled sales representative who is the single point of contact for everything; no matter what the question, customers know whom to call. Customer-focused; quality-oriented; dedicated to your complete customer satisfaction: that’s what makes us different.

Our mission has always been to be a growing, profitable organization offering reliable, world-class products and outstanding service. Our primary goal is to exceed customers’ expectations. Our Management Team encourages a customer-centered corporate culture; leading by example, and providing ongoing training opportunities and positive feedback to our employees, whom we refer to as members. The care of our customers is the every-day commitment we endeavor to achieve, and feedback is always welcome.

As President of Central Semiconductor, I thank you for giving us the opportunity to be your supplier of discrete semiconductors.


Susan M. Ryan
Central Semiconductor Corp.