UMC, Taiwan’s No. 2 agreement chip maker following TSMC, is pairing up with Toyota-backed car-parts supplier Denso to make semiconductors in Japan and fulfill expanding international need in the automotive sector.
United Semiconductor Japan Co. (USJC), UMC’s Japanese subsidiary, introduced late past thirty day period that it is building a generation plant for power chips that regulate the movement and route of electric latest with Denso, which is portion-owned by the world’s major car maker by product sales.
“Semiconductors are turning into ever more crucial in the automotive business as mobility technologies evolve, such as automatic driving and electrification,” Denso president Koji Arima claimed in the announcement. “Through this collaboration, we add to the steady supply of electricity semiconductors and electrification of vehicles.”
“It should be beneficial information,” claims Brady Wang, Taipei-based mostly associate director with industry exploration company Counterpoint Investigate. UMC is previously positioned to do “third-generation” semiconductors, like electrical power-saving sorts with the ideal thickness for automotive use. Wang expects high-quantity production for the Japanese car market. “Both of their benefits can be place into participate in,” he says.
An insulated-gate bipolar transistor—also known as IGBT, which is used for electric automobile motor controllers—line will be installed at USJC’s wafer fab. It will be the initially in Japan to generate IGBTs on 300mm wafers, according to the announcement. Denso will lead its technique-oriented IGBT device and process know-how, though USJC will provide its 300mm wafer producing abilities.
Other chip makers, like TSMC, can manufacture with IGBT technologies, but Japanese corporations dominate substantially of the market place, notes Joanne Chiao, an analyst with Taiwan-based analysis agency TrendForce.
The UMC-Denso plant, in Mie Prefecture in central Japan, is scheduled to start off in the initially 50 % of future 12 months. A spokesperson for UMC mentioned the plant will be equipped to deliver 10,000 wafers a month by 2025.
“With our strong portfolio of highly developed specialty technologies and [International Automotive Task Force] IATF 16949 licensed fabs in diversified areas, UMC is perfectly placed to serve demand throughout car applications, which includes innovative driver guidance programs, infotainment, connectivity, and powertrain,” Jason Wang, UMC co-president, explained in the announcement. “We look ahead to capitalizing on extra cooperation alternatives likely ahead with best gamers in the automotive place.”
Due to the fact automotive output restarted about the entire world in late 2020, immediately after the very first wave of the pandemic, factory need for automotive chips has grown and stays solid for the reason that of “pent-up customer demand” for EVs and hybrids, Moody’s Buyers Company reported in an emailed commentary.
The automotive semiconductor market place is estimated to grow from $35 billion in 2020 to $68 billion in 2026, Taipei-dependent Current market Intelligence & Consulting Institute claims.