R&D fab ATDF will develop leading-edge
transistor structures incorporating advanced materials
for next-generation devices in a recent work agreement
with Taiwan-based United Microelectronics Corporation
(UMC), one of the world's largest semiconductor foundries.
A contract signed earlier this month calls for ATDF to manage three custom
technology development projects over the next year for UMC, which specializes
in contract manufacturing of customer-designed ICs for high-performance semiconductor
applications. The projects will involve approximately 30 engineers and manufacturing
technicians from both companies.
"We're excited to be working with ATDF to facilitate our advanced technology
development," said Dr. Mike Ma, Deputy Division Director of Exploratory Technologies
for central R&D of UMC. "We view this as an excellent opportunity to co-develop
technologies for future devices that will grow our customer base, and hone our
BJ Templeton, Director of Worldwide Sales and Marketing for ATDF, said UMC
responded favorably to ATDF's unique protections for intellectual property
and its growing experience in dealing successfully with Asian companies. "Our
R&D capabilities are perfectly complementary to UMC's advanced production
needs," Templeton said.
Since emerging as an independent business in 2004, ATDF has established itself
as a primary R&D foundry for the semiconductor industry. Other recent and
current clients include Texas Instruments, AMD, Elpida Memory, Infineon, Mattson
Technology, Soitec, Thunderbird Technologies, and VESTA Technology.
ATDF, a wholly owned subsidiary of SEMATECH, is a leading technology R&D
center where research meets manufacturing for semiconductor manufacturers,
equipment and materials suppliers, and others. ATDF customers can confidentially
test new designs, integration methodologies, and prototype systems while protecting
their own intellectual property, and development partners can work closely
with one another in a custom manufacturing environment. ATDF also develops
baseline processes, accepted industry-wide, that bring new tools and materials
to manufacturing faster, at lower cost.
For more information, please visit www.atdf.com
UMC (NYSE: UMC, TSE: 2303) is a leading global semiconductor foundry that manufactures
advanced process ICs for applications spanning every major sector of the
semiconductor industry. UMC delivers cutting-edge foundry technologies that
enable sophisticated System-on-Chip (SoC) designs, including volume production
90nm, industry-leading 65nm, and mixed signal/RFCMOS. UMC's 10 wafer manufacturing
facilities include two advanced 300mm fabs; Fab 12A in Taiwan and Singapore-based
Fab 12i are both in volume production for a variety of customer products.
The company employs approximately 12,000 people worldwide and has offices
in Taiwan, Japan, Singapore, Europe, and the United States.
For more information, please visit www.umc.com