Is competition in China catching up?
1/28/2015 11:50 AM EST
TAIPEI — UMC, the world’s third-largest chip foundry, said today it will increase its capital expenditure budget for 2015 by almost a third as it aims to grab more orders in the 28 nanometer node.
The Hsinchu, Taiwan company said it has earmarked $1.8 billion for capex this year compared with the $1.4 billion it spent during 2014. During the fourth quarter of last year, UMC increased its sales revenue from 28nm chips, the company’s most advanced technology node, to 7 percent, up from 3 percent during the third quarter of 2014. The doubling of 28nm revenue was in line with the company’s expectations three months ago.
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