Foundry Sales to Surpass $100 Billion in 2021

Robust demand for advanced processors used in networking and data center computers, new 5G smartphones, and ICs used in other high-growth electronics market applications such as robotics, self-driving vehicles and driver-assist automation, artificial intelligence, machine-learning and image recognition systems is forecast to lift total foundry sales to $107.2 billion in 2021, a 23 percent increase…

X-FAB to Acquire Assets of Altis Semiconductor

X-FAB Silicon Foundries has today announced that it will acquire the assets of Altis Semiconductor, a specialty stand-alone foundry located in the Greater Paris area, out of insolvency proceedings. With both companies serving complementary markets and applications, this acquisition enriches X-FAB’s offering. It roughly doubles the company’s 8-inch capacity to meet the growing demand for…

SMIC Shenzhen Fab Begins Operation

Shanghai — Semiconductor Manufacturing International Corporation (“SMIC”; NYSE: SMI; SEHK: 981), the largest and most advanced pure-play foundry provider in China, announced today it has begun operations at its Shenzhen 200mm wafer fab. This fab is the first 8-inch production line to be put into operation in Southern China, and is also the first domestic IC production line…

UMC Starts Volume Production for Lantiq PMICs

Hsinchu, Taiwan — United Microelectronics Corporation (NYSE: UMC; TSE: 2303) (“UMC”), a leading global semiconductor foundry, and Lantiq, a leading supplier of broadband access and home networking technologies, today announced that UMC has entered volume production for Lantiq’s SPT170 high voltage Power Management ICs (PMIC) used for landline applications. The SPT170 offers the industry’s highest breakdown…

UMC Agrees to 12” Fab Joint Venture in China

Hsinchu, Taiwan — The Board of Directors of United Microelectronics Corporation (UMC) (NYSE: UMC; TWSE: 2303), a leading global semiconductor foundry, today resolved to participate in a 3-way agreement for a joint venture company focused on 12″ wafer foundry services with Xiamen Municipal People’s Government and FuJian Electronics & Information Group. Based on the agreement, UMC…

TSMC Launches Ultra-Low-Power Platform for IoT

Hsinchu, Taiwan, R.O.C. — TSMC (TWSE: 2330, NYSE: TSM) today announced the foundry segment’s first and most comprehensive ultra-low power technology platform aimed at a wide range of applications for the rapidly evolving Internet of Things (IoT) and wearable device markets that require a wide spectrum of technologies to best serve these diverse applications. In this platform,…