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Wafer shipments will remain flat

by on30 April 2015

UMC waiting 28 nm process sales to grow

Foundry chipmaker United Microelectronics has warned that its wafer shipments and ASPs to stay flat while sales generated from 28nm process technology grow.

UMC reported consolidated revenues of $1.20 billion for the first quarter of 2015, up 1.1 per cent sequentially, when wafer shipments increased 3.5 per cent on quarter. Gross margin was 24.3 per cent.

UMC CEO Po-Wen Yen said that in the first quarter of 2015, foundry revenue grew to and overall capacity use was 93 per cent, bringing wafer shipments to 1.48 million eight-inch equivalent wafers.

The outfit's 28nm process technology accounted for about 9 per cent of the company's overall revenues in the first quarter. The proportion is set to climb further to 10 per cent in the second quarter.

Yen revealed that a groundbreaking ceremony for the 12-inch wafer fab in Xiamen was held in March.

"When the building structure is completed, we expect the fab cleanroom to be ready for equipment move-in by second-quarter 2016, with initial production scheduled for late 2016," Yen said.

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