UMC teams up with ARM, Synop­sys to de­velop 14 nanome­ter process

The China Post - - TAIWAN BUSINESS -

United Mi­cro­elec­tron­ics Corp. (UMC, ), Tai­wan’s sec­ond largest con­tract chip-maker, is join­ing with Bri­tish chip de­signer ARM Hold­ings Plc. and U.S.-based soft­ware devel­oper Synop­sys Inc. to de­velop the ad­vanced 14 nanome­ter process.

In a state­ment re­leased Mon­day, UMC said it and ARM aim to fi­nal­ize a process qual­i­fi­ca­tion ve­hi­cle (PQV) test chip on UMC’s 14nm FinFET (FinField-ef­fect-tran­sis­tor) tech­nol­ogy to help val­i­date an ARM Cor­tex-A fam­ily core on the tech­nol­ogy.

The FinFET tech­nol­ogy is a 3D tran­sis­tor struc­ture that al­lows a chip to run faster than pre­vi­ously pos­si­ble on the same amount of power or to run at the same speed on re­duced power.

UMC said it has also worked with Synop­sys to in­clude the U.S. firm’s De­signWare Em­bed­ded Mem­ory IP and its De­signWare mem­ory sys­tem test and re­pair so­lu­tion on the Tai­wanese chip-maker’s 14-nanome­ter (nm) FinFET PQV.

Ac­cord­ing to UMC, the PQV pro­vides ad­di­tional sil­i­con data, en­abling the chip-maker to fine tune its 14-nm FinFET process for op­ti­mal power, per­for­mance and area.

UMC said that through the col­lab­o­ra­tion with ARM and Synop­sys, it will ad­vance its 14nm process tech­nol­ogy and speed up the pace at which it serves its clients.

UMC’s 14nm FinFET process has al­ready demon­strated fa­vor­able 128mb SRAM (static ran­dom ac­cess mem­ory) yields and is ex­pected to be ready for cus­tomer tape-out by late 2015, the com­pany said.

Un­like its ri­val Tai­wan Semi­con­duc­tor Man­u­fac­tur­ing Co. (TSMC,

), UMC skipped the 20nm process and ad­vanced di­rectly to the de­vel­op­ment of the 14nm FinFET process in a bid to close its tech- nol­ogy gap with TSMC and South Korea’s Sam­sung Elec­tron­ics Co.

An­a­lysts said the move to team up with ARM and Synop­sys is ex­pected to help UMC achieve its tar­get to launch com­mer­cial pro­duc­tion of chips made on the 14nm FinFET process in 2016.

As of 12:01 p.m., shares of UMC had added 0.76 per­cent to NT$13.25 (US$0.43) on the Tai­wan Stock Ex­change, where the weighted in­dex was up 0.59 per­cent at 9,397.17.

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