Taipei, Sept. 22 (CNA) United Microelectronics Corp. (UMC) , one of the world's leading contract chip makers, said Saturday that it has secured orders from U.S.-based chip supplier Allegro MicroSystems Inc. to supply integrated circuits for power management use.
UMC said it has signed a strategic partnership agreement with Allegro for the U.S. firm to utilize UMC for foundry technology and production for the particular ICs.
The Taiwanese chip maker said it has applied the fourth generation of Allegro's bipolar-CMOS-DMOS (BCD) technology for the production.
UMC said chips using the fourth generation of BCD technology have entered production on a trial basis and commercial production is expected later this year.
The company said both sides have also worked together on the sixth generation of BCD technology and chips on the particular process are scheduled to start production on a trial basis in 2013.
In addition to the power management application, Allegro's BCD technology is applied to sensor IC production, UMC said.
"We are pleased to extend UMC's world-leading foundry services to help Allegro strengthen their production base," UMC Chief Operating Officer W.Y. Chen said in a statement.
"Our manufacturing leadership and ability to tailor our capacity to meet customer requirements will enhance the competitiveness of leading IC providers such as Allegro," Chen said.
In March, Taiwan Semiconductor Manufacturing Co., the world's largest contract chip maker, announced it has worked with Dialog Semiconductor of Germany on BCD technology, specifically tailored to high-performance power management chips for portable devices.
Shares of UMC closed up 0.82 percent at NT$12.30 with 30.80 million shares changing hands on Taiwan Stock Exchange Friday.
(By Jackson Chang and Frances Huang)