UMC to Develop Power-Saving Chip in Joint Project

February 24, 2005 by Jeff Shepard

United Microelectronics Corp. (UMC, Taiwan) is collaborating with ARM, Artisan Components Inc., National Semiconductor Corp. and Synopsys Inc. to develop an energy-efficient, system-on-chip (SOC) technology demonstrator, the ULTRA, which will result in energy savings of up to 60% with longer battery life for hand-held electronics products.

"Today's portable products continue to increase in functionality while shrinking in size, meaning that a chip has to do more while still maintaining reasonable power consumption," said UMC Chief SOC architect Patrick Lin. "The ULTRA technology demonstrator is optimized for these applications as it delivers low-power characteristics without sacrificing performance."

The companies are planning to exhibit the new demonstrator at select trade shows in early 2005.