17 Apr '17, 6am
UMC Xiamen fab obtains orders from MediaTek, Spreadtrum
UMC Xiamen fab obtains orders from MediaTek, Spreadtrum Josephine Lien, Taipei; Jessie Shen, DIGITIMES [Monday 17 April 2017] United Microelectronics' (UMC) recently-opened 12-inch wafer fab in Xiamen, China has obtained 40nm chip orders from MediaTek and Spreadtrum Communications, according to industry sources. MediaTek and Spreadtrum are also looking to extend their contracts with UMC's Xiamen fab to 28nm manufacturing, as the Taiwan-based foundry's 28nm node is already mature and complete, the sources indicated. Earlier in 2017, UMC disclosed its transfer of 28nm process technology to subsidiary United Semiconductor (Xiamen) had been approved by the Investment Commission of Taiwan's Ministry of Economic Affairs. United Semi will be ready for 28nm chip production in the second quarter of 2017 and will seek orders from China's local handset chip suppliers, according to th...