Wednesday, May 22, 2013

UMC Establishes Singapore Center of Excellence to Develop BSI Technology

Business Wire: UMC announces that the company has established Fab 12i in Singapore as its "Center of Excellence" for advanced specialty process technologies. The Center of Excellence was set up with an initial investment of US$110 million, and will undertake R&D collaborations with local research institutes such as Singapore's Institute of Microelectronics. Technologies being developed include CMOS image sensor backside illumination and TSV connections. Such specialty processes will enable new products with stronger capabilities in growing markets such as automotive, mobile, smartphone and tablet. In 2013, UMC plans to increase headcount of Fab 12i by over 80 engineers to focus on specialty process development.

UMC's Fab 12i is UMC's only 300mm fab outside of Taiwan. The current capacity is nearly 45,000 wafers per month, accounting for 45% of UMC's total 12" output. Recent achievements in specialty technologies at Fab 12i include the successful development of backside illuminated CMOS image sensors. Total cumulative investment for Fab 12i is nearly US$3.6 billion to date. The fab currently employs nearly 1,600 people.

UMC Fab 12i

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