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Renesas shuts down several fabs, offices

Posted: 17 Mar 2011 ?? ?Print Version ?Bookmark and Share

Keywords:Renesas fab? shutdowns? rolling blackout? northern Japan?

Renesas Electronics Corp. has opted to shut down five wafer fabs and two assembly and packaging plants out of its 22 production facilities following the catastrophic earthquake that shook northeast Japan on Friday.

The company made the decision despite its relatively small presence in the prefectures of Iwate, Miyagi and Fukushima, which were hit hardest by the earthquake and resulting tsunami waves.

Renesas has issued an advisory about the shutdowns and its response to the rolling blackout measures announced by Tokyo Electric Power Company on March 14.

The fabs to be closed are: Renesas Northern Japan Semiconductor Inc., Tsugaru in Aomori prefecture, Tsuruoka factory in Yamagata, Naka Factory in Ibaragi, Takasaki factory in Gunma and Kofu factory in Yamanashi. The backend of line facilities are in Aomori and Yonezawa factory in Yamagata.

Some office and R&D sites were closed on March 14 due to blackouts. These included Renesas Electronics, Tamagawa Office (R&D site) and Renesas Micro Systems Co. Ltd, both in Kanagawa, which were scheduled to reopen on March 15.

Renesas offices and R&D sites in Musashi, Tokyo and Sagamihara, Kanagawa were closed on March 15.

Renesas said it would assess the impact of the earthquake on its financial forecasts when confirmed information is available.

- Peter Clarke
??EE Times

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