Renesas Electronics Corp. is targeting to bring back its Naka factory production of 200-millimeter wafers on June 15, which is ahead of the previously announced schedule of early July. The wafers are the most often used chips in car applications. According to the company’s press release, test production in the Naka plant will begin on April 23.
According to a spokeswoman, the plant will produce 3,000 wafers a month, which is only a small portion of the plant’s monthly rate of 34,000 wafers before the March 11 earthquake in Japan.
Renesas, which is a key bottleneck in the components shortage in Japan, has also moved automotive microcontroller production from the Naka plant to an affiliate chip maker in Singapore and to its Tsugaru factory in northern Japan, the company disclosed.
The company’s spokeswoman did not comment on the amount of capacity that has been transferred to other units. Renesas aims to provide a schedule by middle of May regarding when the chip production at the Naka plant’s 300-millimeter and 200-millimeter wafer lines will go back to pre-quake levels.
To make haste with the resumption of production the company said that it is working in earnest with an additional of at least 2,000 support workers dispatched from outside the company. Renesas Electronics is the largest automotive microcontrollers manufacturer in the world.