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TSMC not buying Renesas fabs: Chang

By Lisa Wang  /  Staff reporter

Taiwan Semiconductor Manufacturing Co (TSMC, 台積電), the world’s top contract chipmaker, yesterday said it had no plan to buy any plants from its Japanese customer Renesas Electronics Corp, which is seeking a turnaround by cutting jobs and closing half of its domestic fabs.

TSMC has formed a good partnership with Renesas since the 1990s and it would continue to provide advanced chip capacities to the Japanese chipmaker as needed, company chairman Morris Chang (張忠謀) told local Unique Satellite TV.

With Renesas cutting down on investment in advanced process technologies, such as 90-nanometer (nm), 28nm and 20nm, it would rely on TSMC to supply those chips, Chang said.

The Japanese firm unveiled its latest restructuring program on Tuesday, saying it planned to trim its work force by 12 percent and shut down half of its domestic fabs in three years.

In May, TSMC inked an agreement with Renesas to extend their microcontroller (MCU) technology collaboration to 40nm embedded flash process technology for MCU products used in next-generation automotive and consumer applications such as home appliances.

Separately, Chang said that demand for its 28nm chips continue to exceed supply, but that he expected supply to catch up with demand in the final quarter of the year.

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