Taiwan chipmaker UMC to scale down China project

Company wants to avoid repercussions from the U.S.: Nikkei Asian Review

Taiwan News
Date: 2019/01/04
By: Matthew Strong, Taiwan News, Staff Writer

Taiwanese chipmaker UMC. (By Wikimedia Commons)

TAIPEI (Taiwan News) – United Microelectronics Corporation (UMC, 聯華電子) will downsize its Chinese chip project to avoid charges from the United States, the Nikkei Asian Review reported Friday.

The company will move almost half its DRAM team within the company in a first step toward ending its memory chip development department, while the Fujian Jinhua (福建晉華) project in China is to be dismantled, the Japanese publication said.

Late last year, the company already reported a downsizing of a department in Tainan whose task it was to assist Fujian Jinhua, reports said. Out of the department’s 300 staff, 140 were moved to new functions within UMC, but others were let go.

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