[UPDATE 3] Renesas Electronics Announces Resumption of Wafer Lines Production at Naka Factory, Moves Up the Schedule for Shipment of Products from October to September

(PresseBox) ( Tokyo, Japan, )
Following the announcement made on May 11, 2011, Renesas Electronics Corporation (TSE: 6723) today released an updated production schedule for its Naka wafer fabrication factory in Hitachinaka, Ibaraki. Having resumed mass production at both the 200- and 300-mm wafer fabrication lines, the key highlight of the new schedule is that Renesas expects it will be capable of significantly moving up the schedule by one month from the end of October to the end of September for when the supply (shipment) capacity will return to pre-earthquake levels.

The second preliminary schedule includes two updates as follows:

* (1) Schedule for mass production at both the 200- and 300-mm wafer fabrication lines Renesas began test production on the 200-mm (8-inch) and 300-mm (12-inch) wafer fabrication lines on April 23 and April 25, respectively, and has achieved the same results as pre-earthquake levels in quality and reliability testing, etc. Subsequently, Renesas succeeded in resuming mass production of both the 200-mm (8-inch) and 300-mm wafer fabrication lines from June 1 and June 6, respectively, as scheduled.

* (2) Expected timing on when the shipment capacity will return to that of pre-earthquake levels with additional supply from Renesas Group's other factories and outside foundries Having further accelerated the restoration steps for part of the manufacturing equipment at the Naka factory, Renesas now expects it will be capable of significantly moving up the schedule of when the shipment capacity will return to that of pre-earthquake levels with additional supply from other factories and outside foundries, from the end of October to the end of September.

Renesas Electronics will continue to focus all possible effort on the recovery work at the Naka factory. The company expresses gratitude for all the support it received from companies outside the Renesas Group, which helped to speed up the resumption of operation and move up the production schedule.

(Note) While it is the company's intent to follow the above schedule to the best of its ability, the published dates may change. The schedule assumes a stable source of electrical power and no further damage from subsequent aftershocks.
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