Profile: United Microelectronics Corp (UMC.N)
17 Dec 2013
United Microelectronics Corp. is principally engaged in the manufacture of semiconductor products. The Company operates its businesses primarily through wafer production services. It provides the customer-tailored design, testing and production of silicon intellectual property (IP) products, embedded integrated circuits (ICs), masks and wafers. The Company offers complementary metal-oxide semiconductor (CMOS) logics, mixed signals, radio frequency (RF) CMOS, embedded memory products, high voltage and CMOS image sensors. The Company distributes its products primarily in North America, Asia and Europe. In December 2010, the Company acquired a set of equipment from ASML and another set of equipment from KLA-TENCOR CORPORATION. In March 2011, the Company liquidated its wholly owned subsidiary, Alpha Wisdom Limited. In April 2011, the Company formed a subsidiary in Beijing.
At this initial design stage, the Company’s engineers work with its customers to ensure that their designs are manufactured in its facilities. In its Silicon Shuttle program, United Microelectronics offer customers and intellectual property provider’s early access to actual silicon samples with their desired intellectual property and content in order to enable early and rapid use of its advanced technologies. The Silicon Shuttle program is a multi-chip test wafer program that allows silicon verification of intellectual property and design elements. ARM Limited, Faraday Technology Corp. (Faraday Technology), MIPS Technologies International, Virage Logic Corporation and Synopsys Inc. have utilized United Microelectronics Silicon Shuttle program. In the Company’s Alliance Program, the Company coordinates with suppliers of intellectual property, design and application specific integrated circuit (ASIC) services to ensure their offerings are available to its customers in an integrated manner, which matches customers’ need to its technologies. The Company’s offerings range from design libraries to basic analog mixed-mode intellectual properties.
The Company assists its customers to design and/or obtain masks that are optimized for its advanced process technologies and equipment. The mask production is provided by independent third parties specializing in mask tooling.
United Microelectronics manufacturing service provides all aspects of the wafer fabrication process by utilizing a range of advanced process technologies. During the wafer fabrication process, the Company performs procedures, in which a photosensitive material is deposited on the wafer and exposed to light through the mask to form transistors and other circuit elements comprising a semiconductor. As part of its wafer fabrication services, United Microelectronics also offer wafer probing services, which test, or probe, individual die on the processed wafers and identify dice that fail to meet required standards.
Assembly and Testing
The Company offers its customers services by providing the option to purchase finished semiconductor products that have been assembled and tested. United Microelectronics outsource assembly and test services to assembly and test service providers, including Siliconware Precision Industries Co., Ltd. (Siliconware) and Advanced Semiconductor Engineering Inc. in Taiwan.
The Company competes with Taiwan Semiconductor Manufacturing Company Limited, Semiconductor Manufacturing International (Shanghai) Corporation, Globalfoundries Inc., IBM, Toshiba, Samsung, DongbuAnam Semiconductor, Grace Semiconductor Manufacturing Corp., X-FAB Semiconductors Foundries AG and Silterra Malaysia Sdn.
United Microelectronics Corp
Li-Shin Road II, Hsinchu Science