Tianxin news, since 2017, the Fujian Jinhua case, which “shocked the industry” with Jinhua, UMC, and Micron as the protagonists, has had the latest developments.
On the morning of October 22, UMC, one of the leading wafer foundries, issued a major information announcement. The announcement stated that UMC had previously been accused of assisting Fujian Jinhua in stealing Micron’s DRAM production technology. The U.S. Department of Commerce submitted a letter of recommendation for sentencing in the case, and based on consultations between the two parties, it is looking forward to a settlement of $60 million, which is yet to be approved by the court.
For UMC’s punishment, the industry has reported that it may face a fine of up to 20 billion US dollars.
Now down to the current $60 million. Regarding this figure, industry sources said that based on similar cases in the past, there is basically not much difference. Moreover, Jinhua did not produce this product at that time, so there was no compensation for the amount of damage, and the whole result was in line with performance expectations.
According to Man Tianxin’s knowledge from industry insiders, the two sides of the case have basically negotiated, and it only needs the court to go through the motions. It can be said that the dust has been settled.
Fujian Jinhua overall event review:
In 2016, Fujian Jinhua signed a technical cooperation agreement with UMC. Fujian Jinhua entrusted UMC to develop DRAM-related technologies, and the technological achievements developed are jointly owned by both parties. In September 2017, Micron accused its former employees of stealing Micron’s DRAM trade secrets before switching to UMC, and these secrets have been leaked to UMC for the development of 32nm DRAM chips.
In December 2017, Micron filed a complaint against Fujian Jinhua and UMC in the California federal court, claiming that UMC delivered its stolen trade secrets and key technologies of memory chips to Fujian Jinhua. On January 19, 2018, Fujian Jinhua launched a “counterattack” and filed a complaint in Fuzhou Intermediate People’s Court against Micron’s alleged infringement of products sold in China.
On July 3, 2018, the Fuzhou Intermediate People’s Court ruled that Micron semiconductor Sales (Shanghai) Co., Ltd. immediately stopped selling and importing more than ten Crucical SSDs, memory sticks and related chips, and deleted the information about the above products from its website. At the same time, it ruled that Micron Semiconductor (Xi’an) Co., Ltd. immediately stopped manufacturing, selling and importing several memory products.
On October 30, 2018, the U.S. Department of Commerce announced that Fujian Jinhua would be included in the “entity list” of export control, and the export control will be implemented from the 30th local time. On November 1, 2018, Fujian Jinhua, UMC and three Taiwanese nationals Chen Zhengkun, He Jianyan and Wang Yongming were formally charged with conspiracy to steal, transmit, and hold Micron’s business secrets and economic espionage.
At the end of January 2019, UMC withdrew from the Fujian Jinhua DRAM project. In the end, the mass production of Fujian Jinhua’s DRAM project failed.