Citing accelerated growth in the industry and strong customer adoption, Taiwanese pure-play foundry United Microelectronics Corp. (UMC) says it has doubled its revenue from its manufacturing of automotive semiconductors.
For the full-year 2015, revenues from automotive ICs are expected to be worth hundreds of millions of dollars fueled by top-tier customers migrating devices from consumer grade products to more stringent grade 1 and grade 0 semiconductors used for critical automotive functions, UMC says. The demand is also coming from fabless automotive chip companies and integrated device manufacturers (IDMs).
UMC has been bolstering its automotive offerings, signing an agreement to expand its manufacturing partnership with Infineon to include automotive-qualified smart power manufacturing semiconductors. UMC has also been increasing its manufacturing capabilities in automotive and has taken a 9.3% stake in Fujitsu’s 300mm Mie prefecture independent foundry subsidiary in order to garner more business from Japanese chip firms. It also recently gained New Japan Radio Co. Ltd.’s (NJR) analog automotive semiconductor business that will be used by a non-Japanese, Tier-1 automotive OEM.
The company currently manufactures electronic components used in vehicles including advanced driver assistance systems (ADAS), safety, body control, infotainment and under-hood applications for customers including Freescale, ON Semiconductor, Infineon, Renesas, STMicroelectronics, NJR and others.
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