Educated in the US with EE PhD degree. Twenty years of experience in semiconductor manufacturing, IP procurement, licensing, marketing and project management. Held various positions in tsmc, Faraday Technology and Global Unichip. Currently the head of marketing at UMC.
UMC is a leading global semiconductor foundry that provides advanced technology and manufacturing for applications spanning every major sector of the IC industry. UMC's robust foundry solutions allow chip designers to leverage the company's leading-edge processes, which include 28nm poly-SiON and gate-last High-K/Metal Gate technology, mixed signal/RFCMOS, and a wide range of specialty technologies. Production is supported through 10 wafer manufacturing facilities that include two advanced 300mm fabs; Fab 12A in Taiwan and Singapore-based Fab 12i. Fab 12A consists of Phases 1-4 which are in production for customer products down to 28nm. Construction has been completed for Phases 5&6, with future plans for Phases 7&8. The company employs over 17,000 people worldwide and has offices in Taiwan, Japan, Korea, China, Singapore, Europe, and the United States.
The Industry Leader
Founded in 1980 as Taiwan's first semiconductor company, UMC led the development of the commercial semiconductor industry in Taiwan. It was the first local company to offer foundry services, as well as the first semiconductor company to list on the Taiwan Stock Exchange (1985). UMC is responsible for many local industry innovations, including the introduction of the employee share bonus system, often credited as a primary factor in the development of a prominent electronics industry in Taiwan. UMC also enables customers to access complete supply chain information online through the MyUMC online service portal, an industry first when it was introduced in 1998.
Leading Foundry Solutions
UMC is committed to the timely delivery of leading-edge solutions that serve the specific and unique requirements of our customers in the face of today's advanced applications. UMC collaborates closely with customers as well as partners throughout the entire supply chain, including equipment, EDA tool, and IP vendors to work synergistically towards each customer's SoC silicon success. We also possess the required knowledge in system design and architecture necessary to properly integrate customer designs with advanced process technologies and IP. The result is a greater chance of first pass silicon success for today's SoC designs.
UMC's comprehensive foundry solutions start from a common logic-based platform, where designers can choose the process technology and transistor options that best fit their application. From there, technologies such as RFCMOS and embedded Flash can be used to further fine-tune the process for customers' individual needs. Furthermore, as IP has become a critical resource for today's SoCs, we have worked to provide basic design building blocks as well as more complex IP that are optimized for portability and cost, developed both internally and from third-party partners.
With advanced technology, a broad IP portfolio, system knowledge, and advanced 300mm manufacturing, UMC offers comprehensive solutions that help customers deliver successful results in a timely fashion.
UMC is a 300mm manufacturing leader with two advanced 300mm fabs in operation. Fab 12A in Tainan, Taiwan has been in volume production for customer products since 2002 and is currently manufacturing 28nm products. Fab 12A's production capacity is currently over 50,000 wafers per month. UMC's second 300mm fab, Fab 12i, is located in Singapore's Pasir Ris Wafer Park. This second-generation 300mm facility is also in volume production, with capacity at 45,000 wafers per month. The advanced automation, mature defect density, and competitive cycle times along with a customer-driven capacity expansion plan enable UMC to be the foundry of choice for customers' manufacturing needs. In addition the company has seven 8-inch fabs and one 6-inch fab that manufacture products targeting every major sector of the semiconductor industry.
UMC's core services as a pure play foundry involve delivering the world's leading-edge technology through advanced research & development while providing the most advanced manufacturing capabilities. This includes 28nm production and 300mm wafer fabs in Taiwan and Singapore. In addition, UMC employs a comprehensive IP program, protected by a security policy to guard the intellectual property rights of our customers and vendors. View UMC's complete Foundry Solutions, or for other foundry services and general customer engagement procedure, please refer to the company's Service Flow chart.