LONDON Foundry chipmaker United Microelectronics Corp. (UMC) is expected to install equipment in Fab 12b, a 300-mm wafer fab at the Southern Taiwan Science Park soon, and take over a similar factory from ProMOS Technologies Corp., according to the China Economic News Service.
UMC is seeing strong demand from companies including graphics chip vendor Nvidia Corp. (Santa Clara, Calif.), the report said. Once completed, the expansion plan, which includes expansion of production in Singapore, will boost UMC's output by 50 percent, the report said.
UMC is expected to spend $1 billion on production capacity expansion in 2010, compared with $500 million spent in 2009.
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