UMC Unveils UMC Auto Platform to Enable Automotive IC Designs

HSINCHU, Taiwan, -- United Microelectronics Corporation unveils its UMC AutoSM technology platform to target IC companies designing chips for automotive applications. UMC Auto is a comprehensive platform that consists of a broad portfolio of automotive AEC-Q100 qualified technology solutions ranging from 0.5um to 28nm nodes, backed by robust manufacturing processes that comply with rigorous ISO TS-16949 automotive quality standards for all UMC fabs. In addition, UMC is selectively developing certified design models, IP, and Foundry Design Kits specific to the UMC Auto platform in order to fulfill the increasing pace of evolvement of the auto industry supply chain, helping chip designers capture new market opportunities as Internet of Things (IoT) and increased use of sensors permeate into auto applications.

"With the rapid rise in silicon content within each new vehicle, many believe the automotive IC sector will experience the highest CAGR compared with other semiconductor segments," said Po Wen Yen, CEO of UMC. "UMC has a successful history as an automotive IC supplier, being the first foundry to receive ISO 22301 certification for our business continuity management system and implementing a comprehensive "Automotive Service Package" that incorporates zero-defect practices within our manufacturing procedures. We look forward to enabling more customers to realize the opportunities within the automotive IC market through our innovative UMC Auto solutions platform."

UMC is currently producing various key electronic components used in vehicles, including Advanced Driver Assistance Systems (ADAS), safety, body control, infotainment and under-hood applications. These ICs manufactured at UMC have been widely adopted by the world's most well-known carmakers in Japan, Europe, Asia and the United States.

UMC's auto IC manufacturing lines meet or exceed the automotive industry's most stringent quality and reliability criteria, including the highest rated AEC-Q100 Grade-0 certification for its fab manufacturing. UMC was also the first foundry in Taiwan to provide IC manufacturing services that comply with ISO 15408 Common Criteria, joining an elite 1% of all companies and products worldwide to be certified ISO 15408 EAL6 or above. This security qualification signifies UMC's ability to provide rigorous security protection during the manufacturing process, which is required by the majority of IC products deployed in sensitive applications that need to be highly secure such as automotive sensors for door locks, navigation, etc.

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