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Chip supplies will remain tight in first half, Renesas CEO says

Japanese manufacturer makes profit in 2020 on strong PC and data center demand

In recent years, Renesas has been more focused on chip design than on production. (Photo by Tokuyuki Matsubuchi)

TOKYO -- Semiconductor supplies are likely to remain tight in the first half of the year, the CEO of Japanese chipmaker Renesas Electronics warned on Wednesday, as the computing and automaking sectors continue to face production problems.

"Demand is expected to be strong in the first half of 2021," CEO Hidetoshi Shibata said in an online earnings call. "April to June will be stronger than January to March," he said. Renesas is one of the world's top suppliers of automotive semiconductors.

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