UMC and Hitachi Halt Trecenti Joint Venture

February 24, 2002 by Jeff Shepard

United Microelectronics Corp. (UMC, Taiwan) and Hitachi Ltd. (Japan) have agreed to discontinue the joint management of Trecenti Technologies Inc. (Ibaraki, Japan). Both companies have decided to focus their resources on their respective 300mm wafer. UMC will concentrate on its wholly owned Fab 12A in Taiwan and UMCi subsidiary in Singapore, while Hitachi will focus on Trecenti.

"Hitachi will use Trecenti, which will be our most advanced fab, along with Hitachi Nippon Steel Semiconductor Singapore Pte. Ltd. and the N2 line in Naka, Japan, to manufacture system LSIs, Flash memories and SRAMs," said Satoru Ito, president and CEO of Hitchi’s Semiconductor and Integrated Circuits Division.