Vanguard International Semiconductor Corporation
Vanguard International Semiconductor (VIS) Corporation is a specialized IC foundry service provider. It is founded in December 1994 in Hsinchu Science Park
Hsinchu Science Park
Hsinchu Science and Industrial Park is an industrial park established by the government of the Republic of China on December 15, 1980 with investment from the Kuomintang. It straddles Hsinchu City and Hsinchu County on the island of Taiwan....

, Taiwan
Taiwan , also known, especially in the past, as Formosa , is the largest island of the same-named island group of East Asia in the western Pacific Ocean and located off the southeastern coast of mainland China. The island forms over 99% of the current territory of the Republic of China following...

, by Morris Chang
Morris Chang
Morris Chang , is the founding Chairman of Taiwan Semiconductor Manufacturing Company Ltd. in 1987. TSMC pioneered the "dedicated silicon foundry" industry and is the largest silicon foundry in the world. Morris is known as the father of Taiwan's chip industry.Chang was born in Ningbo, Zhejiang...

. In March 1998, VIS became a listed company on the Taiwan Over-The-Counter Stock Exchange (OTC) with the main shareholder been TSMC, National Development Fund and other institutional investors.

VIS was working as a subcontractor for TSMC for the manufacturing of logic and mixed signal products, primary focusing on the production and development of DRAM
Dram or DRAM may refer to:As a unit of measure:* Dram , an imperial unit of mass and volume* Armenian dram, a monetary unit* Dirham, a unit of currency in several Arab nationsOther uses:...

 and other memory IC. In 2000, VIS announced its plan to transform from a DRAM manufacturer into a foundry service provider. As of February 2004, VIS completely terminated its DRAM production and became a pure-play foundry company. In 2007, VIS has acquired the 8-inch fab of Winbond Electronics Corp. expanding its production ability.

Sponsored by the Industrial Technology Research Institute
Industrial Technology Research Institute
The Industrial Technology Research Institute is a non-profit research institute located in Taiwan under the supervision of the Republic of China Ministry of Economic Affairs. It conducts research and development in applied technologies to advance private sector growth...

 (ITRI). One of its main investor is the Taiwan Semiconductor manufacturing Corporation (TSMC
Taiwan Semiconductor Manufacturing Company, Limited or TSMC is the world's largest dedicated independent semiconductor foundry, with its headquarters and main operations located in the Hsinchu Science Park in Hsinchu, Taiwan.-Overview:...


VIS currently has two 8-inch fabs with a monthly output of approximately 110,000 wafers.
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