"UMC invests heavily in its intellectual property and aggressively pursues any company that infringes UMC's patents", UMC president Jason Wang said in a statement. UMC's comprehensive foundry solutions enable chip designers to leverage the company's sophisticated technology and manufacturing, which include world-class 28nm High-K/Metal Gate technology, 14nm FinFET volume production, specialty process platforms specifically developed for AI, 5G and IoT applications and the automotive industry's highest-rated AEC-Q100 Grade-0 manufacturing capabilities for the production of ICs found in vehicles.
In its civil complaint in December, Micron accused UMC of attempting to recruit high level personnel in Taiwan and entice former staff at Micron Taiwan to steal files which could help Jinhua, at the time little-known, to jumpstart China's campaign of developing its own technology for chips.
The Fuzhou Intermediate People's Court issued a preliminary sales injunction against Micron that prevents it from selling the chips, including DRAM chips and NAND flash memory chips, in China, UMC said in a statement late on Tuesday.
However, sources close to the company say it is now drafting a response to the ruling by the Fuzhou Intermediate People's Court of the People's Republic of China. If the judgment is enforced in the future, Micron will be prohibited from selling some of its memory products in China.
The ZTE crisis has intensified China's desire to slash its dependence on foreign-made computer chips.
The court, in the southeastern city of Fuzhou, didn't respond to requests for comment. The country is the world's largest market for chips but China's homegrown suppliers are dwarfed by American rivals. Samsung, SK Hynix and Micron have been leading this market by supplying memory semiconductors to home appliance, smartphone and server companies.
Micron is up 19.33% this year. He believes the antitrust investigation on SK Hynix and Samsung Electronics demonstrated that Chinese authorities intend to "hold Korean semiconductors in check". After this lawsuit, some of its PC DRAM and SSD products are facing a ban on sales in China. According to Taiwanese business news site CnYes, in 2017, China's top source of semiconductor imports was Taiwan, providing 36.7 percent of them. But it also said that restrictions will only hurt its business slightly. Only China has not yet cleared it on antitrust grounds.
The Court has not yet indicated when a final ruling on the case can be expected, nor for how long the injunction on sales is valid. The US and China have chose to impose an additional 25 percent tariff on their respective imported products whose total amount hits US$50 billion each per year starting on June 6. Free for 14 days - no credit card required!