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Mon Jan 7, 2013 9:00am EST

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Foundry Support for iPDK Continues to Grow
MOUNTAN VIEW, Calif.,  Jan. 7, 2013  /PRNewswire/ -- The Interoperable PDK
Libraries (IPL) Alliance announced today that United Microelectronics
Corporation (UMC), a leading global semiconductor foundry in  Taiwan, has joined
the IPL Alliance, a standards organization whose charter is to establish an
interoperable custom design ecosystem. The addition of UMC to the IPL Alliance
member roster demonstrates the increasing semiconductor foundry support for
interoperable process design kits (iPDKs).

The IPL Alliance, which includes major electronic design automation (EDA),
semiconductor and foundry companies, released the industry's first open standard
for iPDKs in 2010. The iPDK standard is based on the OpenAccess database and
uses standard languages and a unified architecture to enable interoperability
among all EDA vendor tools. Engineering teams need to develop only a single PDK
for each process node which reduces development costs, shortens design cycles
and provides designers with earlier access to advanced process technologies
across multiple tools.  

"UMC is pleased to join the IPL Alliance," said  Shih Chin Lin, director of the
IP development and Design Support division at UMC. "We serve a broad spectrum of
customer design needs, and find that interoperability is consistently a top item
among customers' PDK requests. By joining the IPL Alliance and adopting the iPDK
standard, we are able to develop high quality, high-performance iPDKs with
modern architectures. We will comprehensively support iPDK to cover all our
process nodes, and are confident in its interoperability and performance to
effectively serve our customers."

"The addition of UMC to our growing IPL Alliance member list demonstrates the
momentum of the IPL Alliance and acceptance of the iPDK standard by the
semiconductor foundries," said  Jingwen Yuan, president of the IPL Alliance and
strategic alliance manager at Synopsys. "We welcome the addition of UMC iPDKs to
meet the increasing demand from customers."   

About UMC
UMC (NYSE: UMC, TWSE: 2303) is a leading global semiconductor foundry that
provides advanced technology and manufacturing for applications spanning every
major sector of the IC industry. UMC's customer-driven foundry solutions allow
chip designers to leverage the company's leading-edge processes, which include
28nm poly-SiON and gate-last High-K/Metal Gate technology, mixed signal/RFCMOS,
and a wide range of specialty technologies. Production is supported through 10
wafer manufacturing facilities that include two advanced 300mm fabs; Fab 12A in 
Taiwan  and  Singapore-based Fab 12i. Fab 12A consists of Phases 1-4 which are
in production for customer products down to 28 nm. Construction is underway for
Phases 5&6, with future plans for Phases 7&8. The company employs over 13,000
people worldwide and has offices in  Taiwan,  Japan,  Singapore,  Europe, and 
the United States. UMC can be found on the web at

About the IPL Alliance
The IPL Alliance is an industry standards organization established to develop an
interoperable ecosystem for custom design by creating and promoting
interoperable PDK standards. There are currently more than 30 semiconductor and
EDA company members. For more information, please visit the IPL Alliance web
site at  or contact

Jingwen Yuan
IPL Alliance


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