Bits + chips
Highlights of the day: UMC enters risk production for 5G RF switches

UMC may have quit the expensive race to advance manufactuing nodes, but it has been keen to develop specialty process. The latest development reportedly sees th pure-play foundry enter risk production for 5G FR switches at its 12-inch wafer fab. And 5G is fefinitely promising to continue dominating headlines in months to come, with the smartphone segment catching much of the attention. In the upstream supply chain, CCL suppliers are set to see demand picking up from PCB makers eyeing the 5G phone market segment.

UMC enters risk production for 5G RF switches: Pure-play foundry UMC has kicked off risk production for 5G RF switches using its 12-inch wafer fabrication lines, which are also looking to be validated for other 5G chip designs, according to industry sources.

CCL firm EMC gearing up for 5G handset application orders: As motherboard upgrades at 5G smartphones are gaining momentum, Taiwan-based CCL maker is poised to compete with Japanese peer Panasonic to benefit more from the first wave of 5G application opportunities in 2020, especially those for anylayer HDI boards.

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