LONDON The world's number two foundry United Microelectronics Corp. (Hsinchu, Taiwan) has reported a jump in sales for October compared with one year before.
United Microelectronics Corp. (UMC) reported net sales of NT$9.30 billion (about $288 million) for the month of October 2009, down 2.5 percent from the previous month and up 17.6 percent from a year ago.
For the period January to October UMC's sales were NT$70.17 billion (about $2.17 billion), down 14.3 percent from the equivalent ten months in 2008.
David Patterson, known for his pioneering research that led to RAID, clusters and more, is part of a team at UC Berkeley that recently made its RISC-V processor architecture an open source hardware offering. We talk with Patterson and one of his colleagues behind the effort about the opportunities they see, what new kinds of designs they hope to enable and what it means for today’s commercial processor giants such as Intel, ARM and Imagination Technologies.