By Gary Thomas
United Microelectronics, a well known global semiconductor foundry, and Allegro Microsystems, a developer and manufacturer of high-performance semiconductors, have entered into a partnership agreement.
By virtue of the agreement, Allegro Microsystems will have access to the manufacturing and foundry technology developed by United Microelectronics. The technology will be first employed in the production of the fourth generation 0.6um BCD product line labeled as the ABCD4 scheduled to commence in the later part of this year.
The porting of the process for the ABCD4 to United Microelectronics is complete and pilot production of ABCD4 using the foundry technology has begun. The wafer process will be applicable to the products supplied by Allegro to its customers for commercial power integrated circuits (IC).
Allegro is in the process of porting the sixth generation BCD product line process to United Microelectronics. The process is applicable to both power IC and sensor customers of Allegro. The pilot production of the ABCD6 is scheduled to commence in March 2013.
Ravi Vig, Vice President of Business Development at Allegro MicroSystems and W.Y. Chen, Chief Operating Officer at United Microelectronics expressed pleasure at the new foundry partnership and expect Allegro and its customers to benefit greatly from the foundry services.
Allegro MicroSystems has its headquarters in Worcester in Massachusetts and operates design, application and sales offices all over the world. The company develops semiconductor solutions primarily catering to the automotive industry and also includes communication solutions for consumers and industries and office automation. United Microelectronics provides foundry solutions to every major segment of the integrated circuits industry. The company has global employee strength of 13,000 spread across offices in Taiwan, Singapore, Japan, Europe and the US.