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TSMC, UMC map out longer lead times

Posted: 31 May 2005 ?? ?Print Version ?Bookmark and Share

Keywords:analog ic? voice ic? lcd driver ic? pc?

Taiwan Semiconductor Mfg Co. (TSMC) and United Microelectronics Corp. (UMC) have been drawing out longer lead times for their products as they increase their utilization rates due to increased orders.

Last quarter, the companies featured delivery times ranging from six to seven weeks. However, their lead times have been adjusted from eight to nine weeks, due to some utilization realignments. As such, some of its 6in wafer fabs now have 10 weeks for its lead time.

Next quarter, TSMC expects its utilization rates to increase from 80 percent to 90 percent. Its 6in wafer fab is expected to reach 120 percent utilization rate also in the same period.

UMC will likewise increase its utilization rate in the second half of the year from 60 percent to 80 percent.

Both companies are taking advantage of the increasing demand, with analog ICs, voice ICs and LCD driver ICs being the most in-demand. The PC sector is also anticipated to begin giving out higher amount of orders in the third quarter.

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