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UMC, ATDF to bring promising new technologies to market

Posted: 24 Jul 2007 ?? ?Print Version ?Bookmark and Share

Keywords:nanoelectronics? promising technologies? new technology market?

R&D foundry for nanoelectronics ATDF and United Microelectronics Corp. (UMC) have extended their existing collaboration to evaluate emerging-technology products and bring to market those that are most promising.

Under the agreement, ATDF and UMC will focus on specialty technologiesincluding nanotech and memory designsthat originate with small companies, university labs and other organizations. ATDF will evaluate the technologies that match UMC's manufacturability criteria, while UMC will work with select innovators to evaluate the manufacturability and commercialization of their technologies.

Under this program, ATDF will assess feasibility and perform qualification testing for any innovator willing to engage in the program. UMC then will review ATDF's test results to select the potential manufacturing partners.

"Our partnership with UMC gives technology innovators an important new resource for implementing their best ideas," said Dave Anderson, ATDF general manager. "Novel technologies now have a clearer path to a foundry, which is especially important for smaller participants in the industry."

Joe Ko, VP of the specialty technology division at UMC, said, "This partnership underscores UMC's commitment to stay at the forefront of semiconductor R&D technologies. It also enhances UMC's ability to target fabless and startup companies that require a manufacturing partner to commercialize new ideas and intellectual property."

ATDF and UMC began their relationship in 2006 with three projects aimed at developing advanced CMOS devices for logic chips. Now nearing successful completion, these projects include the development of multigate field-effect transistors, dual work function metal gates and mobility enhancement structures.

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