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Renesas fire worse than thought

by on29 March 2021

Burnt chips

Renesas Electronics believes damage from a fire at its chip making plant was more extensive than first thought.

According to the Nikkei daily newspaper the outfit initially thought that 11 machines were damaged, but this is now believed to be around 17.

For those who came in late, the chip plant in northeast Japan was hit by fire earlier this month. The company has said it will take at least a month to resume production at its 300mm wafer line, but replacing damaged machines could take several months.

An extended outage could add to a global shortage of chips, which disrupt some production of cars and electronic devices.

The company accounts for a third of the global market for microcontroller units used in cars, and two thirds of the chips produced at the facility are for the auto industry.


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