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Renesas taps TSMC’s 40nm process node for controller production

Taiwan Semiconductor Manufacturing Company (TSMC) has extended its deal with Renesas to produce controller chips using its 40nm process node.

TSMC and Renesas had an existing agreement in place for the production of Renesas designed controller chips using TSMC’s 90nm process node, however the firms announced that they will extend the deal to make use of its 40nm process node. According to TSMC, Renesas’ designs will be fabbed using its 40nm embedded flash process node.

Renesas, which also makes chips itself, has been looking to extend its network of fabs following the earthquake in Japan last year.

Renesas SVP Shinichi Iwamoto said, “Based on what we have learned from the Great East Japan Earthquake last year, which brought major impacts to several of our manufacturing sites and our customers businesses, we have been accelerating the construction of the ‘fab network’ as part of the company’s business continuity plan (BCP). By integrating both companies’ world-leading technologies through this collaboration, we will construct a supply structure which secures consistent supply for our customers and also drive the market as a leading MCU [microcontroller unit] supplier aiming to set up an ecosystem for MCUs.”

While TSMC’s 28nm process node has been garnering considerable attention, the firm still operates 90nm, 65nm, 55nm and 40nm process nodes that fab many chip designs. Although the firm is struggling to meet demand on its 28nm process node, the vast majority of its business comes from older process nodes.

Last week it was widely reported that Renesas will seek a $1.3bn injection of capital and shed 10,000 jobs in restructuring as it tries to weather the semiconductor demand drought. While firms such as Renesas struggle with low demand, its seems that TSMC can’t fab chips fast enough to keep all of its customers happy.

via The Inquirer




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