Taiwan Global Unichip Corporation (GUC), the world’s leading application-specific integrated circuit (ASIC) design service company, officially signed a contract on July 7 to enter the Industrial Technology Research and Innovation Park in the Jiangbei New Area, a powerful addition to the integrated circuit industry in the new area.
GUC is Taiwan’s largest chip design and service outsourcing company. It has the world’s most advanced 90nm, 65nm, 40nm, 28nm, and 16nm system-on-a-chip design experience. In 2003, Taiwan Semiconductor Manufacturing Company (TSMC) invested in GUC and has now become its largest investment shareholder.
On July 7, Nanjing Jiangbei New Area Administrative Committee and GUC also signed an investment agreement. GUC will set up an integrated circuit design center in the Research and Innovation Park to engage mainly in high-end chip design. With a registered capital of 10 million U.S. dollars, the design center is expected to hire 150 people and generate an output value of more than 600 million yuan within five years.
GUC General Manager Chen Chaoqian told reporters that GUC had been seeking cooperation cities around the world, and finally settled down in the Jiangbei New Area because Taiwan and Nanjing are culturally connected and because Nanjing has extensive science and education resources, which will provide follow-up driving forces for the development of the integrated circuit design industry. In addition to R&D of currently hot technologies, GUC (Nanjing) will focus on further improving its 16nm, 12nm or even 7nm process technology, so that the company will be able to closely cooperate with TSMC’s project in Nanjing in the future.
After TSMC, Tsinghua Unisplendour, and other giants in the integrated circuit industry entered the Jiangbei New Area. Over 100 new integrated circuit design companies have followed suit since last year. It is estimated that by 2020, the integrated circuit industry in the Jiangbei New Area will generate an output value of 100 billion yuan. “China’s chip capital” is expected to rise here in the near future.