ATDF and UMC to Collaborate in Evaluating and Commercializing New Technologies

ATDF, the global R&D foundry for the nanoelectronics industry, and UMC, a leading global semiconductor foundry and SoC solution provider, have agreed to extend their existing collaboration to evaluate emerging technology products and bring those that are most promising to market.

Under the agreement, ATDF and UMC will focus on specialty technologies including nanotech and memory designs that originate with small companies, university labs, and other organizations. ATDF will evaluate the technologies that match UMCs manufacturability criteria, while UMC will work with select innovators to evaluate the manufacturability and commercialization of their technologies.

Our partnership with UMC gives technology innovators an important new resource for implementing their best ideas, said Dave Anderson, ATDF general manager. Novel technologies now have a clearer path to a foundry, which is especially important for smaller participants in the industry.

Joe Ko, vice president of the Specialty Technology Division at UMC, said, This partnership underscores UMCs commitment to stay at the forefront of semiconductor R&D technologies. It also enhances UMCs ability to target fabless and startup companies that require a manufacturing partner to commercialize new ideas and intellectual property.

Under this program, ATDF will assess feasibility and perform qualification testing for any innovator willing to engage in the program. UMC then will review ATDFs test results to select the potential manufacturing partners.

This collaboration draws on ATDFs experience in incubating new technologies for the marketplace, said Dr. Shu Ikeda, ATDF technology director. We are pleased to apply that experience to our continuing partnership with UMC, which affords us the opportunity to bring new processes and novel technologies from concept to manufacturing.

ATDF and UMC began their relationship in 2006 with three projects aimed at developing advanced CMOS devices for logic chips. Now nearing successful completion, these projects include the development of multi-gate field-effect transistors (MuGFETs), dual work function metal gates, and mobility enhancement structures.

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