SAN JOSE, Calif. -- Like its main rival, Taiwan's United Microelectronics Corp. (UMC) appears to be developing a 40-nm foundry process.
UMC (Hsinchu) has been developing a 45-nm process, but the company also appears to be following foundry giant in Taiwan Semiconductor Manufacturing Co. Ltd. (TSMC). Recently, TSMC (Hsinchu) moved to differentiate itself by rolling out a 40-nm process.
"Our leading technology customers continue to prepare for 65-nm production,'' said UMC Chairman and CEO Jackson Hu, in a statement.
''We are also working closely with early adopters for 45/40-nm. Most of them will be in the prototype development stage in the coming months. Finally, we are developing 32-nm with customers as well,'' he said.
The comments were made during UMC's first-quarter results. In a conference call with analysts, Hu said that UMC will have ''prototypes'' at the 40/45-nm node this year, with ''small production'' slated by year's end.
The company gave no specifics about the technology, including both 40- and 45-nm processes. But clearly, UMC is behind TSMC in the arena.