Renesas: to start shipping 40-nm chips in 2014/15

TOKYO Mon May 28, 2012 3:30am EDT

The logo of Renesas Electronics is seen at its headquarters in Tokyo February 8, 2012. REUTERS/Kim Kyung-Hoon

The logo of Renesas Electronics is seen at its headquarters in Tokyo February 8, 2012.

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TOKYO (Reuters) - Japanese chipmaker Renesas Electronics Corp said it aims to start shipments of next-generation 40-nanometre microcontrollers during the business year starting in April 2014, by outsourcing more production to Taiwan Semiconductor Manufacturing Co, or TSMC.

Renesas, which announced an outsourcing agreement on Monday with TSMC, the world's biggest contract chip maker, said it aims to start shipments of cutting-edge 90-nanometre microcontrollers from the business year starting next April.

The Japanese firm, struggling with high costs and mounting losses, said it expects to produce about 30 percent of its chips overseas by 2016/17, double the 15 percent in the year ended in March.

(Reporting by Mari Saito; Editing by Michael Watson)

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sukebe wrote:
grads in Japan used to be nearly absolutely gauranteed a job just 15 years ago. Now, they’re dormant after school, lost and troubled by an uncertain future; unfamiliar territory for this once thriving society.

Yea for outsourcing. Instead of the ‘rising to the top’ promise of corporate employment half a generation ago. Now, those corporations are dragging their host countries to the seafloor, like cement shoes.

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