United Microelectronics Corporation

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United Microelectronics Corporation
聯華電子
Type Public (TWSE: 2303, NYSEUMC)
Industry Semiconductor Foundry
Founded 1980
Headquarters Hsinchu Science Park
Hsinchu, Taiwan
Key people Stan Hung, Chairman
Dr. Shih-Wei Sun, CEO
Revenue Increase$4.1 billion (2013)[1]
Employees 12,068
Website Main Corporate
The Singapore factory and offices of the United Microelectronics Corporation.

United Microelectronics Corporation (UMC; Chinese: 聯華電子; pinyin: Liánhuá Diànzǐ) was founded as Taiwan's first semiconductor company in 1980 as a spin-off of the government-sponsored Industrial Technology Research Institute (ITRI).[2]

Overview[edit]

Today, UMC is best known for its merchant foundry business, manufacturing integrated circuits wafers for fabless semiconductor companies. In this role, UMC is second only to competitor TSMC.[3] It has two 300 mm fabs, one in Taiwan and one in Singapore.[2]

UMC is listed on the New York Stock Exchange under the ticker symbol of UMC, and on the Taiwan Stock Exchange as 2303. UMC has 10 manufacturing facilities worldwide, employing 10,500 people.

History[edit]

UMC was the first foundry to produce chips on 300 mm wafers, ship wafers using copper materials, to sell 65 nm IC's to customers, and to produce chips using 28 nm process technology.[2] It was the first Taiwanese company to offer foundry services and the first semiconductor company to be listed on the Taiwan Stock Exchange in 1985.

The company was also known for producing semiconductor chips which were used in counterfeit Nintendo Entertainment System game cartridges.[4] Nintendo of America filed a federal lawsuit against UMC for copyright infringement of the games. The case was settled, with both companies expressing satisfaction with the settlement.[5]

Fab list[edit]

Fab Node Location Wafer diameter Wafers per month
Fab 6A 0.45 um Hsinchu, Taiwan 150 mm 50000
Fab 8AB 0.25 um Hsinchu, Taiwan 200 mm 70000
Fab 8C 0.35-0.11 um Hsinchu, Taiwan 200 mm 29000
Fab 8D 90 nm Hsinchu, Taiwan 200 mm 32000
Fab 8E 180 nm Hsinchu, Taiwan 200 mm 35000
Fab 8F 150 nm Hsinchu, Taiwan 200 mm 32000
Fab 8S 0.35-0.25 um Hsinchu, Taiwan 200 mm 25000
Fab 8N 0.35-0.11 um Suzhou, China 200 mm 50000
Fab 12A 28 nm Tainan, Taiwan 300 mm 55000
Fab 12i 55 nm Singapore 300 mm 45000


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References[edit]

  1. ^ "UMC Profile". UMC. Retrieved 2010-06-29. 
  2. ^ a b c "UMC Overview". UMC. Retrieved 2010-06-29. 
  3. ^ "Pure-Play Semiconductor Foundry Market Set for 12 Percent Growth in 2012". iSuppli. 2012-04-11. Retrieved 2012-06-02. 
  4. ^ "NINTENDO FILES COMPLAINT AGAINST TAIWAN FOR PIRACY OF VIDEO GAME COPYRIGHTS - Free Online Library". Retrieved 18 February 2012. 
  5. ^ "At the Deadline". GamePro (57) (IDG). April 1994. p. 178. 

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