Mark LaPedus, semiconductor editor from EE Times, caught up with Jim Lai, president and COO of Global Unichip Corp. The Hsinchu, Taiwan-based company claims to be the world's largest fabless ASIC vendor, with sales of $215.5 million in 2007. In 2006, the company had $103 million in sales.
Global Unichip works hand-in-hand with its largest shareholder, Taiwan Semiconductor Manufacturing Co. Ltd. (TSMC). Global Unichip provides various ASIC and IC design services. The devices in turn are produced in TSMC's fabs.
During a video interview, Lai discusses the trends in the ASIC industry, Global Unichip's strategy and the company's push to get a 32-nm test chip out the door by year's end.