Alan Patterson, EETimes
1/24/2017 04:40 PM EST
TAIPEI — United Microelectronics Corp. (UMC), Taiwan’s second largest foundry, said the ramp of its most advanced node, 28nm, will probably slip during the early portion of 2017 under strong competition.
UMC, which competes with larger rival Taiwan Semiconductor Manufacturing Co. (TSMC) and smaller foundries in China in 28nm said that its first wave of customers at that geometry have migrated to more advanced nodes at the same time as an expected second wave of customers have been slower to adopt chips made with the process technology.
While UMC reached its 2016 target for 28nm to account for 17 percent of the company’s overall sales, that percentage is likely to slide downward during the first quarter. The company last year said that 28nm would reach as much as 20 percent of overall sales during 2016.
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