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May 29, 2012

Renesas Electronics Integrates with TSMC Collaborate to Expand MCU Market

In order to achieve further global growth, Renesas Electronics Corporation, a company that represents a merger between NEC Electronics and Renesas Technology and a semiconductor maker, signed an agreement with Taiwan Semiconductor (News - Alert) Manufacturing Co (TSMC).

The agreement is aimed at extending Renesas Electronics Corporation’s microcontroller (MCU) technology collaboration to 40 nanometer embedded flash process technology for manufacturing MCU products used in next-generation automotive and consumer applications such as home appliances.

Renesas and TSMC will collaborate to lead in advanced technologies for MCU platform and production by combining Renesas’ MONOS (Metal-Oxide-Nitride-Oxide-Silicon) technology supporting both high reliability and high speed, and high-quality technical support with TSMC’s advanced CMOS process technologies and flexible production capacity.

“In order for us to achieve further global growth, we are confident that TSMC will provide us with significant benefits in accelerated time-to-volume production and maximum flexibility in addressing the volatile fluctuation of the market demand,” Shinichi Iwamoto, senior vice president of Renesas Electronics Corporation said in a press release.

“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 supplier aiming to set up an ecosystem for MCUs,” Iwamoto added.

Iwamoto emphasized that the company has been accelerating the construction of the fab network based on what it learned from the Great East Japan Earthquake last year, which brought major impacts to several of its manufacturing sites and its customers’ businesses. This is part of the company’s business continuity plan (BCP).

Renesas previously agreed to outsource MCUs to TSMC using 90nm eFlash process technology. Under the 40nm MCU collaboration, Renesas will outsource MCU production at 40nm and future technologies. Furthermore, by making the MONOS process platform available to other semiconductor suppliers around the world (including fabless companies and IDMs), Renesas and TSMC aim to set up an ecosystem and further widen the customer base.

TSMC’s process capabilities will provide Renesas with a cost-effective, highly reliable way to integrate flash onto a single microcontroller. At 40nm process, MCU products could achieve higher speed, lower power consumption and more than 50 percent smaller die size compared to the current 90nm node.

“Renesas is one of the leaders in the MCU market and the collaboration will help deliver the performance Renesas needs for new production introduction with the level of quality and reliability its customers have come to expect,” Jason Chen, senior vice president of Worldwide Sales and Marketing at TSMC said in a statement.

Renesas recently reported a consolidated net loss of 62.6 billion yen in the business year ended in March and has withheld releasing an earnings outlook for the current business year through next March.

Edited by Carrie Schmelkin

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