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6/27/2013 10:56 AM EDT
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kfield
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Impact on UMC's rankings?
kfield   6/30/2013 5:02:26 PM
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I'm curious whether this announcement will shore up the company's rankings and what the implications are for engineers? More alternatives? Better Prices? Something Else??

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Re: Impact on UMC's rankings?
rick merritt   6/30/2013 5:35:10 PM
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Good questions, and I look forward to hearing many answers.

Here are mine:

TSMC is the main source for the fabless world so they already hold the top ranking with the exception of Intel that is the sole source of a FinFET capability today but limited to a few cherry-picked customers. The issue for TSMC is not to lose its position by letting GloFo or others get to the next major semiconductor capabilty before them.

As for chip designers, only a few dozen groups that still do custom IC layout will need to understand and leverage the details of FinFETs. The rest of the chip design crowd will probably just see FinFETs as a term roughly synonomous with an advanced process versus a legacy one. That said, anyone in electronics who follows the underlying semiconductor technology and speifies foundry servcies probably knows and tracks milestones like this one.

 

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Re: Impact on UMC's rankings?
Ryszard.Milewicz   6/30/2013 7:13:56 PM
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I think more competition in 14 nm process will be better for fabless IC designers.

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Re: Impact on UMC's rankings?
Peter Clarke   7/1/2013 4:26:46 AM
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it is true that more competition in foundry FinFET offering is good. But UMC is struggling to keep on the pace at 28-nm/20-nm

Signing up with IBM is a necessary but not sufficient pre-condition to guarantee that UMC will get to FinFET deployment.

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