Chip contract manufacturer UMC, which has long played second fiddle to larger Taiwanese rival...

|By:, SA News Editor

Chip contract manufacturer UMC, which has long played second fiddle to larger Taiwanese rival TSMC (TSM), has broken ground on an $8B fab expansion plan that will manufacture chips at cutting-edge process nodes. TSMC has a head start on UMC and other rivals in producing chips using a 28nm process, and is having trouble meeting demand. Chip equipment makers are counting on strong orders from contract manufacturers to offset weak demand elsewhere.