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UMC ramps 90nm process to volume output

Faster than its rivals, foundry claims

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UMC is entering into volume production using its 90nm process, having been qualified to do so by the likes of Texas Instruments and Xilinx, the Taiwanese chip foundry said yesterday.

Having started offering initial customer silicon in March 2003, its ramp to volume production "puts UMC clearly ahead of its competitors in the foundry industry", the company foundry boasted - almost certainly a dig at its arch-rival, TSMC, the world's largest chip foundry. UMC is world's second-largest chip foundry.

UMC claimed products fabbed using its 90nm process were "being adopted for use in a wide range of electronic products due to the significant benefits that they offer in terms of performance, power consumption and cost", though it neglected to name names.

UMC said it expects to expand 90nm production on 300mm wafers at its Fab 12A facility in Taiwan "in the coming months". It will also bring the process technology to volume production at UMCi, its Singapore-based 300mm foundry subsidiary. ®

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