Hsinchu, Taiwan and Freiburg, Germany – Micronas, a supplier of IC solutions for consumer and automotive electronics, and United Microelectronics Corp. (UMC), a semiconductor foundry, have signed a five-year agreement where UMC will be the principal supplier of mixed-mode ICs for Micronas.
Under the terms of the agreement, Micronas will have access to UMC’s advanced technologies and foundry capacity. Micronas’ DPS 9450 first pass silicon was presented in April and is now in qualification at UMC, and first engineering lots of the MDE 9500, a single-chip hybrid analog/digital TV decoder, are to be processed soon. Both products use UMC’s 0.18-micron mixed-mode CMOS technology.
“The foundry agreement will put the existing partnership between UMC and Micronas on a solid base,” comments Wolfgang Kalsbach, CEO of Micronas.