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Renesas to license chip designs in move beyond manufacturing

Japanese semiconductor maker joins industry shift toward specialization

Renesas Electronics, which handles everything from chip development to manufacturing, looks to start licensing designs as a new revenue source. (Photo by Hideaki Ryugen)

TOKYO -- Japan's Renesas Electronics seeks to add another revenue source by selling proprietary semiconductor designs, diversifying away from manufacturing to compete with capital-light rivals like Qualcomm.

Renesas will begin by licensing 40 chip designs, including processors and memory chips, out of the hundreds in its portfolio. Potential customers include other chipmakers, as well as electronics manufacturers that supply their own chips.

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