UMC Qualifies Foundry's First True 12V eFlash Solution

            UMC Qualifies Foundry's First True 12V eFlash Solution

High voltage embedded flash process enables further integration with improved
signal-to-noise ratio for mid-to-large panel touch screen ICs

PR Newswire

HSINCHU, Taiwan, Oct. 19, 2012

HSINCHU, Taiwan, Oct.19, 2012 /PRNewswire/ --United Microelectronics
Corporation (NYSE: UMC; TWSE: 2303) ("UMC"), a leading global semiconductor
foundry, today announced that it has qualified the foundry industry's first
high voltage (HV) embedded flash (eFlash) process that incorporates a true
12-volt solution. This 12V process enables single chip integration with
improved signal-to-noise ratio (SNR) for mid to large panel touch screen
applications by combining the HV component that drives the sensor elements
with the embedded flash memory that stores the control algorithm. Compared to
industry HV offerings such as 18V, 24V or 32V, this 12V solution provides an
excellent balance between SNR and power consumption.

Anchor Chen, senior director of UMC's Specialty Technology Development
division, said,"UMC is committed to developing a technology portfolio that
includes leading-edge as well as customer-driven specialty technologies to
address a full spectrum of customer applications. Being the first to introduce
a true 12V option that can be integrated to our A+ aluminum eFlash processes
puts UMC in a favorable position to capitalize on the fast growing
mid-to-large panel touch screen market. We look forward working with customers
to help them take advantage of this technology."

This new 12V embedded flash offering builds upon UMC's existing success for
0.18um and 0.11um eFlash products to help accelerate customers' time-to-market
and differentiate their products in the booming touch IC market. UMC has
shipped hundreds of thousands of eFlash wafers and several IC design houses
have already adopted and qualified UMC's 12V eFlash solution into their touch
screen products.

Availability

UMC's true 12V eFlash technology is currently available in both 0.11um and
0.18um process generations. Please contact your UMC account manager or visit
http://www.umc.com/specialty for more information.

About UMC

UMC (NYSE: UMC, TWSE: 2303) is a leading global semiconductor foundry that
provides advanced technology and manufacturing for applications spanning every
major sector of the IC industry. UMC's customer-driven foundry solutions allow
chip designers to leverage the company's leading-edge processes, which include
28nm poly-SiON and gate-last High-K/Metal Gate technology, 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. Fab 12A consists of
Phases 1-4 which are in production for customer products down to 28nm.
Construction is underway for Phases 5&6, with future plans for Phases 7&8. The
company employs over 13,000 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.

Note From UMC Concerning Forward-Looking Statements

Some of the statements in the foregoing announcement are forward looking
within the meaning of the U.S. Federal Securities laws, including statements
about future outsourcing, wafer capacity, technologies, business relationships
and market conditions. Investors are cautioned that actual events and results
could differ materially from these statements as a result of a variety of
factors, including conditions in the overall semiconductor market and economy;
acceptance and demand for products from UMC; and technological and development
risks. Further information concerning these risks is included in UMC's filings
with the U.S. SEC, including on Form F-1, F-3, F-6 and 20-F, each as amended.

Editorial Contacts:

UMC
Richard Yu
(886) 2-2658-9168 ext. 16951
richard_yu@umc.com

SOURCE United Microelectronics Corporation

Website: http://www.umc.com/specialty
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