NJR and UMC Extends Collaboration to MEMS Microphone Manufacturing

      NJR and UMC Extends Collaboration to MEMS Microphone Manufacturing

PR Newswire

HSINCHU, Aug. 6, 2014

HSINCHU, Aug. 6, 2014 /PRNewswire/ -- New Japan Radio Co., Ltd. (New JRC) and
United Microelectronics Corporation (NYSE: UMC; TSE: 2303) ("UMC"), a leading
global semiconductor foundry, today announced that the two companies have
successfully collaborated to achieve high-volume manufacturing for NJR's MEMS
(micro electro mechanical system) microphone products. Adding UMC's MEMS
manufacturing capabilities to NJR's Fukuoka and Kawagoe fabs will ensure NJR's
smooth and scaled production ramp to address this rapidly growing market. To
date, NJR has already surpassed 100 million shipments for MEMS microphone ICs.

Mr. Takaaki Murata, NJR Director & Manager of its corporate office said,
"NJR's rapid growth in the MEMS microphone business cannot be achieved without
UMC's close support, technical expertise and manufacturing capability. Porting
MEMS devices to foundry is extremely difficult since MEMS ICs contain
mechanical modules, which cannot be electronically simulated as semiconductor
devices. UMC's superior process control expertise and manufacturing capability
ensured a perfect performance match, equal to that of our own mother fab. With
UMC's strong support, we expect NJR's MEMS shipments to continue its growth,
enabling us to gain market share."

The MEMS microphone market is experiencing high growth, as conventional ECM
(electro condenser microphone) is being phased out in favor of MEMS for
today's most popular smartphones. To accommodate NJR's current and future MEMS
growth and help NJR maintain a market leadership position in the sector, UMC
expanded its MEMS manufacturing capacity and resources, positioning the
foundry as NJR's joint process development center for future generations of
high performance MEMS for microphones and other applications.

J H Shyu, senior vice president of Production and Operation Integration at
UMC, commented, "NJR has been a wonderful UMC partner for many years. We have
achieved several significant goals together, including the delivery of the
world's lowest noise OpAmp to market. It is a great pleasure to add another
important area of corroboration in the form of MEMS devices. . We look forward
to continuing our partnership with NJR in both process technology and
manufacturing to realize additional milestones in the future."

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 robust 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 has been
completed for Phases 5&6, with future plans for Phases 7&8. The company
employs over 15,000 people worldwide and has offices in Taiwan, mainland
China, Europe, Japan, Korea, Singapore, 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 regarding these and other risks is included in
UMC's filings with the U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission, including its
registration statements and reports on Forms F-1, F-3, F-6 and 20-F and 6-K,
in each case as amended. UMC does not undertake any obligation to update any
forward-looking statement as a result of new information, future events or
otherwise, except as required under applicable law.

Editorial Contacts:

UMC                          NJR

Richard Yu                   Takashi Nishida

(886) 2-2658-9168 ext. 16951 +81-49-278-1497

richard_yu@umc.com           tnishida@njr.co.jp

SOURCE United Microelectronics Corporation
 
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