Recognized for Excellence by Texas Instruments
HSINCHU, Taiwan, April
27, 2009 -UMC (NYSE: UMC; TWSE: 2303), a leading global semiconductor
foundry, announced that the company was formally presented with
a Texas Instruments (TI) 2008 Supplier Excellence Award during a
special ceremony held today between executives from TI and UMC.
TI released the list of award recipients on April 8th, with UMC
being the only semiconductor foundry this year to receive this honor.
The award, given annually, honors firms whose dedication and commitment
in supplying products and services meet TI's high standards for
excellence. Recipients are an elite group of suppliers chosen for
their exemplary performance in the areas of Environmental Responsibility,
Technology, Responsiveness, Assurance of Supply, and Quality.
"TI has worked closely
with UMC for more than seven years, since the inception of our strategy
to outsource a significant portion of our advanced CMOS production
requirements, and during this period UMC has consistently made every
effort to help TI be successful," said Tom Thorpe, vice president
of External Development and Manufacturing at TI. "In the past
year we have seen marked improvement in UMC's consistency, both
in terms of quality and execution. We recognize and thank UMC for
their consistent support of TI over multiple years and their determination
to continuously improve."
Dr. Shih-Wei Sun, CEO
of UMC, said, "As a silicon foundry service provider, UMC is
thrilled to receive this honor from TI, a global pioneer in IC product,
design, and technology since the inception of the semiconductor
industry. TI has been working closely with UMC through all aspects
of the TI-UMC foundry manufacturing partnership. We sincerely appreciate
TI's business, and the opportunity to work with them for technical
and manufacturing collaborations throughout the years. Looking forward,
despite any economic uncertainties, we will continue to strive our
best to further strengthen TI's competitiveness through UMC's "Customer-Driven
Foundry Solutions" approach."
UMC is currently providing
foundry services for multiple TI products down to the 45nm process
generation. Today's award ceremony was held at the foundry's 300mm
fab complex in Tainan, Taiwan.
UMC (NYSE: UMC, TSE: 2303) is a leading global semiconductor foundry
that provides advanced technology and manufacturing services for
applications spanning every major sector of the IC industry. UMC's
customer-driven foundry solutions allow chip designers to leverage
the strength of the company's leading-edge processes, which include
production proven 65nm, 45/40nm, mixed signal/RFCMOS, and a wide
range of specialty technologies. Production is supported through
10 wafer manufacturing facilities that include two advanced 300mm
fabs; Fab 12A in Taiwan and Singapore-based Fab 12i are both in
volume production for a variety of customer products. The company
employs approximately 12,000 people worldwide and has offices in
Taiwan, Japan, Singapore, Europe, and the United States. UMC can
be found on the web at http://www.umc.com.