UMC and Micronas formalize long-term foundry relationship

The China Post staff

United Microelectronics Corp. (UMC) and German company Micronas yesterday signed a five-year contract under which the former will be the principal supplier of mixed-mode ICs for the latter.

Micronas, which claims to be the world’s leading supplier of cutting-edge IC solutions for consumer and automotive electronics, will, with this agreement, have access to the advanced technologies and foundry capacity of UMC. Micronas said that its DPS 9450 first pass silicon was successfully introduced in April and is now in production at UMC, and the first lots of MDE 9500, a single-chip hybrid analog/digital TV decoder, are to be processed soon. Both products use UMC’s 180-nm (0.18 micron) mixed-mode CMOS technology.

“The foundry agreement will give the existing partnership between UMC and Micronas on a solid base,” commented Wolfgang Kalsbach, CEO of Micronas. “Future system solutions on our roadmap will profit from an early access to the most advanced technologies.”

“We are pleased to deepen our relationship with Micronas,” said John Hsuan, vice chairman and CEO of UMC. “Micronas will be able to rely on UMC’s investments in advanced technology and manufacturing capacity under this long-term supply agreement. Our foundry resources are sure to further strengthen their market position as a leader in providing application solutions in promising, high-growth semiconductor sectors.”

UMC is a world-leading semiconductor foundry that manufactures advanced process ICs for applications spanning every major sector of the semiconductor industry. It delivers cutting-edge foundry technologies that enable sophisticated system-on-chip (SOC) designs, including 0.13-micron copper/low k, embedded DRAM and mixed signal/RFCMOS. In addition, UMC is a leader in 300mm manufacturing with three strategically located 300mm fabs to serve its global customer base: Fab 12A in Taiwan, UMCi in Singapore (completion in 2002) and AU Pte. Ltd., a joint venture facility with AMD, which is also located in Singapore (production in 2005). UMC employs over 8,500 people worldwide and has offices in Taiwan, Japan, Singapore, Europe and the United States.