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Nissan switches to off-the-shelf chips amid global shortage

Manufacturers tweak production to cut reliance on custom-made components

Nissan Motor will shift away from custom-made semiconductors for its automotive brakes and begin using widely available off-the-shelf chips.   © AP

TOKYO -- Nissan Motor is redesigning its cars to use more generic chips, a move that companies in other industries are also making, potentially heralding a major shift in Japan's manufacturing sector.

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