Renesas, NEC clear manufacturing decks
November 04, 2009 //
As they prepare to merge, Renesas Technology Corp. and NEC Electronics Corp. are clearing the decks of their semiconductor manufacturing facilities in order to provide a optimum base for growth.
At the end of the last financial year the pair had 15 IC manufacturing sites and 25 lines between them and by April 1 this will be cut to 10 sites with 16 lines.
Renesas is ahead of the game, reducing its lines from 12 to 8, already having sold threes 8-inch lines on three different sites. It sold Renesas Semiconductor Europe (Landshut) GmbH (RSEL) and its 8-inch line to enable Silicon Foundry Holding (SFH) to establish LFoundry, and earlier disposed of its Kumamoto site (8-inch line) to Japan's Mitsubishi Electric (Tokyo) and HNS in Singapore with its 8-inch line. It is completing the reduction by integrating a 5-inch line in Kofu into a 6-inch line at the same site.
NEC is playing catch-up by cutting five of its 13 lines. Having already closed an 8-inch line at its Yamagata facility and a 300mm prototype line at Sagamihara. Two more 6-inch lines are for the chopping block at Roseville, Calif. and Kyushu Yamaguichi (Japan) and its Sougang (Beijing, China) 6-inch line is being sold.
"Both companies are IDMs and have a lot of factories, so that as one company there would be far too many," said Matthew Trowbridge, chairman of Renesas Technology Europe.
"Because of various changes through the end of last year, both companies were already engaged in a process of rationalization of production lines. It is something that happens anyway as technology moves from 5 to 6 to 8-inch and on to 12-inch wafers and from 130 to 90 to 65nm and so on. It has just been accelerated by recent events."All news
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