The China Post
Date: April 6, 2017
By: Christine Chou
Taiwan-based chipmaker United Microelectronics Corp. (UMC, 聯電) confirmed on Wednesday knowledge of staff having received legal notices, as media reports alleged legal actions were taken against over a hundred Taiwanese engineers to prevent key technology and business secrets from leaking to mainland Chinese rivals.
UMC said the legal action was taken against individuals only, stressing they had nothing to do with the company and that their dynamic random access memory (DRAM) chip development project will continue.
DRAM is a type of memory chip that is commonly used in smartphones.
According to recent reports, U.S. memory chipmaker Micron has been supporting government inspectors in legal efforts to combat mainland firms’ hiring drive, as China has been stepping up initiatives to grow a competitive semiconductor industry.