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UMC inaugurates R&D headquarters in southern Taiwan

Tainan facility to focus on nanotechnology for manufacturing 300-mm chips, says firm

UMC inaugurates R&D headquarters in southern Taiwan

UMC, one of the world's leading global semiconductor foundries, yesterday inaugurated its state-of-the-art research and development center for nanometer technologies located at the Tainan Science Park.
The official opening of UMC's R&D hub coincided with the company's 27th anniversary, UMC said in a statement.
The facility, located adjacent to the 300-mm Fab 12A at UMC's Tainan Science Park site, will focus on R&D for advanced nanometer technologies for 300-mm manufacturing.
The close proximity of the new R&D center to UMC's most advanced fabs enhances the company's ability to rapidly move newly-developed technologies to mass production, resulting in increased competitiveness for UMC customers, the company said. The R&D center will be staffed with over 1,000 employees when fully operational. Most of the R&D hub's employees will be R&D engineers.
"On the anniversary of our 27th year, we are happy to celebrate the opening of our new R&D center that will enable us to further strengthen our position as a global leader in advanced-foundry technologies," UMC Chairman and CEO Jackson Hu said in a statement.
"This R&D facility, the first of its kind in southern Taiwan, will help stimulate the local economy as it will create many job opportunities in southern Taiwan. The grand opening, along with the ongoing construction of UMC's second phase of 300-mm construction on the same site, underscores UMC's strong commitment to continuing its future growth and investment in Taiwan."
The R&D center occupies nearly a 6,000-square meter area of UMC's 155,660-square meter Tainan site. The 10-story building features independent cleanroom R&D areas for the continued development of 45-nm and below advanced process technologies, as well as restaurants and a fully equipped recreation center for employees, UMC said.
Government officials, UMC executives, customers, suppliers, and representatives of local and international media organizations graced the R&D facility's unveiling on Tuesday.
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 designs, including volume production 90-nm, industry-leading 65-nm, and mixed signal/RFCMOS (radio frequency complementary metal-oxide semiconductor).