Belgium & HSINCHU, Taiwan--(BUSINESS WIRE)--Jan.
16, 2006--IMEC, Europe's largest independent research
center in the field of nanoelectronics, and UMC
(NYSE: UMC - News ; TSE: 2303 - News ),
a world-leading semiconductor foundry, today announced the extension of IMEC's
Europractice IC Service with the offering of UMC's 90nm process technology.
UMC and Europractice have collaborated closely for many years in offering UMC's
Silicon Shuttle® Multi Project Wafer (MPW) platform for prototyping and
production services to European companies and academia. The availability of
90nm technology will be of particular interest to European-based companies and
institutes with low-volume manufacturing needs, such as universities, research
centers, start-up companies, and companies with niche markets.
Europractice IC Service, coordinated by IMEC, offers
companies ASIC services to help them bring their
products to market quickly and cost-effectively.
Under the UMC-IMEC foundry agreement, Europractice
customers have easy access to UMC's advanced technologies
for prototyping and low-volume production, including
0.25, 0.18, 0.13 micron and now 90nm technologies.
For smaller scale research or student designs, Europractice
offers a very cost-attractive mini@sic prototyping
program. This program reduces prototyping costs for
small designs to less than 20% of normal foundry
Hu, General Manager of UMC Europe, said, "UMC
shipped its first 90nm wafers in March 2003. This
technology is now in high volume production at UMC
on both 12" and 8" wafers for more than 50 Logic
and RF products. We are pleased to expand our partnership
with Europractice to the 90nm node, as the availability
of this technology to European universities, start-ups
and smaller companies through Europractice will help
further extend the benefits of 90nm into the mainstream."
Das, Director of the Europractice IC Service, said, "With
UMC's 90nm offering, Europractice shows its continuous
commitment to provide deep submicron ASIC design
and fabrication solutions to Academia and smaller
companies. By combining the cost advantage of MPW
prototyping with the successful mini@sic concept,
researchers in academia will have now very cost effective
access to 90nm."
About Europractice IC Service
Europractice IC Service was set up in 1995 as part
of a project by the European Commission to stimulate
use by European industry and universities of advanced
IC technologies. The Europractice service, run by
a consortium headed by IMEC, offers industry and
academia a fully supported, affordable route to IC
design, prototyping, and small and medium volume
production. Annually, about 500 designs are prototyped
and 100 small volume projects are manufactured at
leading IC manufacturers. For more information, please
visit www.europractice.imec.be .
is heading the consortium that runs the Europractice
IC Service. IMEC is a world-leading independent research
center in nanoelectronics and nanotechnology. Its
research focuses on the next generations of chips
and systems, and on the enabling technologies for
ambient intelligence. IMEC's research bridges the
gap between fundamental research at universities
and technology development in industry. Its unique
balance of processing and system know-how, intellectual
property portfolio, state-of-the-art infrastructure
and its strong network of companies, universities
and research institutes worldwide position IMEC as
a key partner for shaping technologies for future
systems. As an expansion of its wireless research,
IMEC has created a legal entity in the Netherlands.
Stichting IMEC Nederland runs activities at the Holst
Centre, an independent R&D institute that develops
generic technologies and technology platforms for
autonomous wireless transducer solutions and systems-in-foil.
IMEC is headquartered in Leuven, Belgium, and has
representatives in the US, China and Japan. Its staff
of about 1400 people includes close to 500 industrial
residents and guest researchers. In 2005, its revenues
are estimated to be close to EUR 200 million. Further
information on IMEC can be found at www.imec.be .
UMC (NYSE: UMC - News ; TSE: 2303 - News )
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.
UMC can be found on the web at http://www.umc.com .
Contact: UMC Alex Hinnawi, 886-2-2700-6999 ext. 6958 (Taiwan) firstname.lastname@example.org or
KJ Communications for UMC Eileen Elam, 650-917-1488 email@example.com or
IMEC Katrien Marent, 32-16-28-18-80 Katrien.Marent@imec.be