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UMC signs up with Sematech consortium

Posted: 30 Jul 2008 ?? ?Print Version ?Bookmark and Share

Keywords:Sematech? manufacturing research? 300mm?

United Microelectronics Corp. has joined the Sematech research consortium to work on R&D for exploratory technologies on 300mm wafers, including 22nm and beyond process generations.

Sematech president and CEO Michael Polcari said, "Our members join me in welcoming UMC to Sematech and we look forward to their contributions and technical insight from their perspective as a global leader in 300mm foundry services. UMC will be an important partner in accelerating the progress of R&D innovations into manufacturing solutions."

Given Sematech's progress in its advanced technology and manufacturing programs in Albany and Austin, and with suppliers, universities, and research institutes around the world, strong synergies have been created to drive the cooperation with UMC. In addition to large-scale 300mm production for 90nm and 65nm foundry products, UMC is currently qualifying its 45nm/40nm technology, and making good progress on 32-/28nm technology.

"Partnering with Sematech is a win-win situation for both organizations," said Shih Wei Sun, CEO of UMC. "The combination of UMC's 300mm manufacturing experience and process technology expertise and Sematech's wealth of knowledge in the field of semiconductor R&D will help the industry better handle the challenges of migration to next generation processes."

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