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TSMC to make automotive chips for Renesas

Advances in self-driving vehicle tech boost demand

Renesas Electronics will deepen its ties with TSMC with its latest outsourcing plan.

TOKYO -- Renesas Electronics will outsource all of its automotive microcontroller production to Taiwan Semiconductor Manufacturing Co. as it seeks to cut costly outlays on chipmaking machinery and concentrate on the development of software and semiconductors.

Renesas will phase out automotive microcontroller production at its facilities, starting with its 28-nanometer circuit chips, which have triple the processing power of the existing 40nm variety. Recent advances in autonomous driving technologies have greatly increased demand for such low-power, high-performance microcontrollers.

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