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2021.4.29  Renesas DDR5 I3C Bus Extension and SPD Hub Devices Qualified for AMI Firmware

I3C Portfolio Qualified on AMI Firmware Platform

TOKYO, Japan ― Renesas Electronics Corporation (TSE:6723), a premier supplier of advanced semiconductor solutions, today announced that AMI, a firmware and software solutions partner, has qualified the Renesas I3C bus extension products for its MegaRAC® SP-X Remote Management Firmware. Having the I3C devices on AMI’s approved vendor list enables an easy migration path for customers shifting their DDR5 platforms and boards from I2C or other legacy expansion specifications to the new high-speed I3C specification.

The IMX3102 2:1 bus multiplexer, IMX3112 1:2 bus expander, and DDR5 SPD Hub SPD5118 devices provide maximum design flexibility for engineers implementing I3C Basic as a system management bus for control plane designs across a variety of applications, including data center and server applications, enterprise, factory automation, and communications equipment. The IMX and SPD devices are ideal when there may be multiple masters, a large number of endpoint devices, and long traces – all of which can impact bus complexity and signal integrity.

Renesas’ expanded I3C portfolio ecosystem enables both software and hardware customers to design in the Renesas IMX and SPD products with confidence. The I3C portfolio was previously qualified with hardware, Baseboard Management Controller (BMC), and other silicon-on-chip partners.

As DDR5 continues to gather momentum in the industry, the I3C interface is gaining acceptance as a high-speed control interface for applications requiring faster communication between host and peripheral or slave devices. I3C’s 12.5 MHz speeds significantly outpace current and legacy solutions, such as the I2C 1 MHz speed and analog passive quick switches. Renesas continues to be the I3C technology leader with a robust lineup of I3C bus extension devices for platform control, efficiency, power savings, high speeds, safety, and security.

“Industry transformations such as the migration of control plane designs to the faster and more robust I3C standard require broad ecosystem support at both hardware and software levels in order to be successful,” said Rami Sethi, Vice President and General Manager of the Data Center Business Division at Renesas. “Partnering with industry leading software providers like AMI has been a priority at Renesas in order to deliver the superior “out-of-the box” experience that our customers and ecosystem partners have come to expect from us.”

“The next-generation I3C interface meets industry needs driven by aggressive datacenter growth and increased demand for security infrastructure and more efficient hardware in industrial, automotive, and telecommunications systems. AMI is proud to qualify these latest DDR5 I3C Bus Extension and SPD Hub Devices from Renesas in its MegaRAC SP-X Remote Management Firmware,” said Kelly Bryant, Chief Product Officer at AMI. “AMI has an extensive, industry-leading boot and manageability firmware ecosystem that supports many components, and for many years, top manufacturers such as Renesas have seen the value in qualifying their products for our firmware solutions. Thanks to our strong partnership with Renesas, our validation for its latest, leading-edge I3C expansion and SPD products will enable us to deliver improved firmware and software solutions and expand our support to our mutual customers.”

Availability
Renesas’ I3C devices and evaluation boards are available now. For additional information, visit renesas.com/memorymux and renesas.com/spdhub. For information on MegaRAC SP-X Remote Management Firmware, visit https://www.ami.com/products/remote-management/service-processor/.

About Renesas Electronics Corporation
Renesas Electronics Corporation (TSE: 6723) delivers trusted embedded design innovation with complete semiconductor solutions that enable billions of connected, intelligent devices to enhance the way people work and live. A global leader in microcontrollers, analog, power, and SoC products, Renesas provides comprehensive solutions for a broad range of automotive, industrial, infrastructure, and IoT applications that help shape a limitless future. Learn more at renesas.com. Follow us on LinkedIn, Facebook, Twitter, and YouTube.

(Remarks). MegaRAC is a registered trademarks of AMI. All names of products or services mentioned in this press release are trademarks or registered trademarks of their respective owners.
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The content in the press release, including, but not limited to, product prices and specifications, is based on the information as of the date indicated on the document, but may be subject to change without prior notice.

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2021.4.27  Renesas Expands FemtoClock Timing Portfolio for High-Performance Communications and Data Center Applications

FemtoClock2 Family Simplifies Design with Industry’s Lowest Power and Smallest 75fs Jitter Clocks

Smallest, Lowest Power 75fs Jitter Clocks Simplify Design

TOKYO, Japan ― Renesas Electronics Corporation (TSE:6723), a premier supplier of advanced semiconductor solutions, today expanded its timing solutions portfolio with a new sub-100fs point-of-use clock solution for data center, server, and network infrastructure markets. The new FemtoClock2 family includes ultra-low jitter clock generators and jitter attenuators in a small 4×4 mm2 package, enabling cost-effective and simple clock tree implementation for next-generation, high-speed interconnect designs.

Featuring best-in-class jitter as low as 64fs RMS, FemtoClock2 enables customers to easily meet next-generation PAM4 requirements on new switch or router designs. With a 4×4 mm2 form factor, the FemtoClock2 family is less than one third the size of similar solutions on the market. This allows designers to place the clock source at the point of use – very close to the device receiving the clock signal – for streamlined PCB layout design, reduced cross talk, and cleaner signals. Flexibility makes the family useful in many applications. FemtoClock2 can be configured as a DCO, clock generator, or jitter attenuator, offering valuable design flexibility and reuse.

“PAM4 technology is enabling a major leap in data transmission rates in both communications and data center segments resulting in stringent requirement on the clock in such systems,” said Bobby Matinpour, Vice President of Timing Products, Data Center Business Division at Renesas. “Expanding our popular FemtoClock lineup, Renesas offers a new high-performance family that delivers superior jitter performance with low power in a small form factor, enabling placement of the clock anywhere on the board at the point of use. This greatly simplifies the design by eliminating the additive jitter associated with the extensive clock routing on the board.”

Key Features of the FemtoClock2 Family

– As low as 64fs (typ) RMS jitter
– Low power consumption of 600mW
– 4×4 mm2 in 24- and 28-pin QFN packages
– Single & dual input options with four differential outputs
– Power supply noise rejection better than -80dB
– Output-to-output isolation of -80dBc
– Compliant with ITU-T G.8262 and G.8262.1 for enhanced synchronous Ethernet/OTN
– Integrated crystal option for more space savings

Customers can combine the new FemtoClock2 solution with Renesas’ small, single-output, high-performance oscillators, or the broader ClockMatrix™ portfolio of timing solutions to address challenging timing needs for their high-performance server and network infrastructure designs. FemtoClock2 also works seamlessly with systems using the recently introduced PTP Clock Manager software for IEEE 1588 support, and can be combined with Renesas’ complementary power and microcontroller offerings to create comprehensive solutions for a variety of applications, such as the IEEE 1588 Winning Combination. FemtoClock2 also serves as the downstream clock capable of delivering 100fs at the pin without disrupting the synchronization.

As the market leader in silicon timing, Renesas offers the only “one-stop-shop” for timing solutions, offering expertise and products from full-featured system solutions to simple clock tree building-block devices.

Availability
The RC32504A and RC22504A FemtoClock solutions and an evaluation board are available now. For more information, please visit renesas.com/femtoclock2.

About Renesas Electronics Corporation
Renesas Electronics Corporation (TSE: 6723) delivers trusted embedded design innovation with complete semiconductor solutions that enable billions of connected, intelligent devices to enhance the way people work and live. A global leader in microcontrollers, analog, power, and SoC products, Renesas provides comprehensive solutions for a broad range of automotive, industrial, infrastructure, and IoT applications that help shape a limitless future. Learn more at renesas.com. Follow us on LinkedIn, Facebook, Twitter, and YouTube.

(Remarks). ClockMatrix is a trademark of Renesas Electronics Corporation. All names of products or services mentioned in this press release are trademarks or registered trademarks of their respective owners.
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The content in the press release, including, but not limited to, product prices and specifications, is based on the information as of the date indicated on the document, but may be subject to change without prior notice.

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2021.4.23  Renesas Joins Group of “Male Leaders Who Will Create a Society in Which Women Shine” Supported by Japan Cabinet Office

Accelerating Gender Equality and Women’s Advancement Initiatives by Endorsing “Declaration on Action”

TOKYO, Japan, 2021 ― Renesas Electronics Corporation (TSE:6723), a premier supplier of advanced semiconductor solutions, today announced that President and CEO Hidetoshi Shibata has joined the “Group of Male Leaders Who Will Create a Society in Which Women Shine” (“The Group of Male Leaders”) organized by the Japan Cabinet Office.

The Group of Male Leaders was established in 2014, capturing the importance of the top management’s commitment in order to promote the advancement of women. The Group of Male Leaders states an “Declaration of Action” by the male leaders themselves to motivate various women and for them to maximize their potential. By endorsing the Declaration of Action, Renesas will accelerate initiatives for gender equality and women’s advancement and deepen networks across various industries around Japan.

About the Group of Male Leaders Who Will Create a Society in Which Women Shine

The Group of Male Leaders is a group of corporate managers, etc. establishing networks between participants and sharing initiatives and challenges while working on initiatives that follows the Declaration of Action to promote gender equality and women’s advancement. Through participants sharing their ideas and initiatives inside and outside of their companies, it can contribute to fostering momentum to realize gender equality and women’s advancement. Currently, around 260 members comprising of corporate managers, governors and mayors are participating in this group. For more information, visit: https://www.gender.go.jp/english_contents/index.html


About Renesas’ Initiatives on Women’s Advancement

Renesas respects all types of diversity and values, and actively works to improve our work environment and foster a corporate culture that accepts and is inclusive of one another. Within diversity, we especially focus on the promotion of women’s advancement. We are expanding the ratio of women in our recruitment, as well as the ratio of women across various job types and increasing the number of women in managerial positions. In addition, we are promoting work style reforms through “working from home” and the development of various systems relating to pregnancy, childbirth, childcare and family care, to create support systems and an environment where women can maximize their potentials. Renesas believes its commitment to diversity and inclusion, and its initiatives are the source of innovative products and services that support our sustainable business growth. For more information, visit: https://www.renesas.com/us/en/about/company/sustainability/diversity

About Renesas Electronics Corporation
Renesas Electronics Corporation (TSE: 6723) delivers trusted embedded design innovation with complete semiconductor solutions that enable billions of connected, intelligent devices to enhance the way people work and live. A global leader in microcontrollers, analog, power, and SoC products, Renesas provides comprehensive solutions for a broad range of automotive, industrial, infrastructure, and IoT applications that help shape a limitless future. Learn more at renesas.com. Follow us on LinkedIn, Facebook, Twitter, and YouTube.

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2021.4.22  Renesas Supports Japan Climate Initiative’s “Call for an Ambitious 2030 Target for Japan to Realize the Paris Agreement Goal”

Joins JCI to Proactively Promote Preventative Initiatives for Global Warming to Realize a Sustainable Society

TOKYO, April 22, 2021 ― Renesas Electronics Corporation (TSE:6723), a premier supplier of advanced semiconductor solutions, today announced that it has become a member of the Japan Climate Initiative (JCI), a network that aims to realize a decarbonized society. Renesas also announced its support for JCI’s “Call for an Ambitious 2030 Target for Japan to Realize the Paris Agreement Goal,” which was announced by the JCI on April 19, 2021. This message by the JCI urges the government of Japan to set a climate change goal that would cut greenhouse gas emissions in Japan by at least 45 percent below 2013 levels by 2030, and to strengthen its renewable energy target to 40 to 50 percent in 2030.

Renesas aims to become carbon neutral by 2050 and is striving to reduce greenhouse gas emissions. By supporting JCI, Renesas will establish networks with various companies and local governments, and proactively promote preventative initiatives for global warming to realize a sustainable society.

About the Japan Climate Initiative
Japan Climate Initiative is a network committed to strengthening communication and exchange of strategies and solutions among all non-state actors that are implementing climate actions in Japan and was established in July 2018 with Japanese companies, financial institutions, local governments, research institutions and NGOs. For more information, visit: https://japanclimate.org/english/

About the “Call for an Ambitious 2030 Target for Japan to Realize the Paris Agreement Goal”
This is a message sent to the government of Japan on April 19, 2021 and is supported by 290 organizations. This message aims to achieve the target of “limiting temperature rise by 2 ˚C in comparison to before the industrial revolution by pursuing temperature control at 1.5 ˚C”, aimed by the Paris Agreement, a new global framework to reduce greenhouse gas emissions, etc. beyond 2020. For details, visit: https://japanclimate.org/english/news-topics/call-for-ambitious-2030-target/

About Renesas Electronics Corporation
Renesas Electronics Corporation (TSE: 6723) delivers trusted embedded design innovation with complete semiconductor solutions that enable billions of connected, intelligent devices to enhance the way people work and live. A global leader in microcontrollers, analog, power, and SoC products, Renesas provides comprehensive solutions for a broad range of automotive, industrial, infrastructure, and IoT applications that help shape a limitless future. Learn more at renesas.com. Follow us on LinkedIn, Facebook, Twitter, and YouTube.

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2021.4.22  Renesas RX MCU Becomes World’s First General-Purpose MCU to Obtain CMVP Level 3 Certification Under NIST FIPS 140-2 Security Standard

By Using Certified RX MCUs, Customers Can Easily Develop Devices Meeting Security Requirements

RX MCU Obtains CMVP Level 3 Certification Under NIST FIPS 140-2 Security Standard

TOKYO, Japan ― Renesas Electronics Corporation (TSE:6723), a premier supplier of advanced semiconductor solutions, today announced that its 32-bit RX65N microcontroller (MCU) has achieved Cryptographic Module Validation Program (CMVP) (Note 1) Level 3 certification under the FIPS 140-2 security standard by the National Institute of Standards and Technology (NIST). The RX65N is the world’s first general-purpose MCU to obtain level 3 certification (Note 2).

The FIPS 140 standard is an essential security requirement for applications used by government agencies, financial institutions, public facilities, and infrastructure, and it is becoming a de facto standard for security worldwide. Level 3 is a high security level with tamper detection/response and identity-based authentication mechanisms for devices used to handle financial information such as hardware security modules (HSMs) and smart cards. Using the certified RX65N MCU will make it easier for customers to develop devices with robust and trustworthy security functions, which will contribute to a reduction in the development workload and reduced overall security risks.

“As more IoT devices gain network connectivity, the danger of malicious threats such as data leaks, data tampering, and spoofing grows, making security more important than ever,” said Sakae Ito, Vice President of IoT Platform Business Division at Renesas. “The CMVP Level 3 certification of an RX MCU means that customers can build robust security into their products without the need for a dedicated security chip, and I am delighted that this will help speed up the development of secure IoT devices.”

The 32-bit RX65N from Renesas is a general-purpose MCU with security, connectivity, and human-machine interface (HMI) functions suited for use in applications such as industrial and IoT devices. The RX65N incorporates the Trusted Secure IP (TSIP) module, which was already CAVP certified (Note 3). The TSIP, which comprises an encryption engine with AES, SHA, RSA, and ECC support, a true random number generator (TRNG), and an encrypted key management mechanism, implements robust security functions. The RX65N features dual-bank flash memory that supports background operation and SWAP function to enable secure and highly reliable firmware updates in system control or network devices and to prevent program tampering.

Since the RX65N is CMVP Level 3 certified, the other RX Family MCUs with the same TSIP, the RX651, RX66N, RX72N, and RX72M can implement the security functionality equivalent.

Renesas also offers a “Secure Cloud & Sensor Solution” that combines the RX65N with Renesas sensors to allow users to upload sensor data to cloud services securely and easily. This is one of over 200 “Winning Combinations” that combine Renesas’ expertise in analog, power, and embedded computing to help customers get to market faster.

For more information on the RX65N, visit:

http://www.renesas.com/rx65n

For more information on RX security solutions, visit:

https://www.renesas.com/rx-security-solution

About Renesas’ RX MCU Family
The 32-bit RX Family is built around Renesas’ exclusive RX core and delivers excellent operational performance alongside exceptional power efficiency. The lineup encompasses four series of MCUs that, together, provide seamless coverage and scalability for a wide range of usage scenarios, from small- to large-scale applications:

– RX700 Series offering the fastest operation and advanced functions
– RX600 Series for standard applications
– RX200 Series with an optimal mix of power efficiency and high performance
– RX100 Series with ultralow power consumption

More information about the RX MCU Family is available at www.renesas.com/rx.

Note 1: The CMVP is a joint effort between NIST and the Canadian Centre for Cyber Security (CCCS).
Note 2: Based on research by Renesas.
Note 3: Cryptographic Algorithm Validation Program (CAVP) certification: A certification program for validation testing of cryptographic algorithms implementation by NIST.

About Renesas Electronics Corporation
Renesas Electronics Corporation (TSE: 6723) delivers trusted embedded design innovation with complete semiconductor solutions that enable billions of connected, intelligent devices to enhance the way people work and live. A global leader in microcontrollers, analog, power, and SoC products, Renesas provides comprehensive solutions for a broad range of automotive, industrial, infrastructure, and IoT applications that help shape a limitless future. Learn more at renesas.com. Follow us on LinkedIn, Facebook, Twitter, and YouTube.

(Remarks) All names of products or services mentioned in this press release are trademarks or registered trademarks of their respective owners.
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The content in the press release, including, but not limited to, product prices and specifications, is based on the information as of the date indicated on the document, but may be subject to change without prior notice.

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2021.4.22  Partnership for Jointly Developing Next-Gen Automotive RISC-V Solutions

Endorsing the UN Global Compact Reinforces Renesas’ Commitment to Corporate Responsibility and Sustainability

TOKYO, Japan, 2021 ― Renesas Electronics Corporation (TSE:6723), a premier supplier of advanced semiconductor solutions, today announced it has become a signatory of the United Nations Global Compact (UNGC), the world’s largest voluntary initiative to implement universal sustainability principles. As a participating company, Renesas will further align its sustainability strategy with the ten UNGC principles in the four areas of human rights, labour, environment and anti-corruption.

The Ten Principles of the UN Global Compact are the universally accepted principles that derives from the Universal Declaration of Human Rights, the International Labour Organization’s Declaration on Fundamental Principles and Rights at Work, the Rio Declaration on Environment and Development, and the United Nations Convention Against Corruption.

By endorsing the Ten Principles of the UN Global Compact, Renesas pledges to undertake the following:

Human Rights

+ Support and respect the protection of internationally proclaimed human rights
+ Make sure that Renesas is not complicit in human rights abuses

Labour

+ Uphold the freedom of association and the effective recognition of the right to collective bargaining
+ Eliminate all forms of forced and compulsory labour
+ Ensure the effective abolition of child labour
+ Eliminate discrimination in respect of employment and occupation

Environment

+ Support a precautionary approach to environmental challenges
+ Undertake initiatives to promote greater environmental responsibility
+ Encourage the development and diffusion of environmentally friendly technologies

Anti-Corruption

+ Work against corruption in all its forms, including extortion and bribery

“This is another step forward in our aim to build a more sustainable society and is a further demonstration of our commitment to embed sustainability throughout our company,” said Hidetoshi Shibata, President and CEO at Renesas. “As a company with a global presence and about 19,000 employees worldwide, we recognize our responsibility to address societal and environmental needs. We are committed to protecting the rights and ensuring a safe workplace for our employees and developing environmentally-conscious products that make a lasting impact on our planet.”

Renesas has submitted its Communication on Progress letter for 2021, and will continue to adopt company-wide measures and amend policies in order to support the ten principles of the UN Global Compact and fulfill its responsibilities to our customers, suppliers, stakeholders and the communities it operates in. Please refer to our Sustainability Website for Renesas’ efforts and initiatives.

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2021.4.22  Renesas and SiFive Partner to Jointly-Develop Next-Generation High-End RISC-V Solutions for Automotive Applications

SiFive to License Industry-Leading RISC-V Core IP Portfolio to Renesas

Partnership for Jointly Developing Next-Gen Automotive RISC-V Solutions

TOKYO, Japan, and SAN MATEO, Calif. – Renesas Electronics Corporation (TSE:6723), a premier supplier of advanced semiconductor solutions, and SiFive, Inc., the industry leader in RISC-V processors and silicon solutions, today announced a strategic partnership to jointly develop next-generation, high-end RISC-V solutions for automotive applications. The partnership will also include SiFive licensing the use of their RISC-V core IP portfolio to Renesas.

“RISC-V is an important element in providing additional capabilities and options for new and existing customers,” said Takeshi Kataoka, Senior Vice President, General Manager of Automotive Solution Business Unit at Renesas. “We are very excited to work with SiFive as their lead partner to develop next-generation semiconductor solutions through the collaboration of our accumulated expertise in the automotive field, and SiFive’s high-end RISC-V technologies.”

“We are excited to collaborate with Renesas to develop next-generation automotive solutions powered by the SiFive Intelligence platform,” said Patrick Little, Chairman and CEO, SiFive. “Our roadmap of advanced, high-performance RISC-V processor cores and AI accelerators will deliver significant core performance increases with the capabilities needed to meet Automotive application requirements, along with enhanced AI capabilities to power scalable, workload-accelerated solutions.”

Renesas provides automotive solutions including ADAS, Autonomous Driving (AD), Electric Vehicles (EV), and Connected Gateway (CoGW) to customers all over the world by utilizing its diverse portfolio of industry-leading microcontrollers (MCUs) and system-on-chips (SoCs), as well as analog and power products. With a safe, comfortable, and environmentally-conscious society of future mobility in mind, Renesas is exploring the use of next-generation, high-performance RISC-V cores optimized for automotive applications to expand high-end SoC and MCU development capabilities to continue providing innovative and trusted automotive solutions to customers worldwide.

The SiFive Intelligence platform, based on SiFive RISC-V Vector processors with AI ISA extensions, features a differentiated software toolchain to enable the development of scalable solutions for AI and ML applications. SiFive RISC-V processors are pre-integrated with advanced trace, debug, and security solutions compatible with industry tools to simplify heterogeneous integration and migration. The SiFive RISC-V portfolio is silicon-proven and available in leading and advanced manufacturing foundries, offering flexibility for customers and partners.


About Renesas Electronics Corporation

Renesas Electronics Corporation (TSE: 6723) delivers trusted embedded design innovation with complete semiconductor solutions that enable billions of connected, intelligent devices to enhance the way people work and live. A global leader in microcontrollers, analog, power, and SoC products, Renesas provides comprehensive solutions for a broad range of automotive, industrial, infrastructure, and IoT applications that help shape a limitless future. Learn more at renesas.com. Follow us on LinkedIn, Facebook, Twitter, and YouTube.

About SiFive
SiFive is the leading provider of processor cores, AI accelerators, and SoC IP to enable domain-specific designs based on the open RISC-V instruction set architecture specification. SiFive offers scalable, configurable processor cores pre-integrated with security, trace, and debug features for workload-specific accelerator designs. Founded by the inventors of RISC-V, SiFive has design centers worldwide and backing from Sutter Hill Ventures, SK hynix, Qualcomm Ventures, Western Digital, Intel Capital, Spark Capital, Osage University Partners, and Prosperity7 Ventures. For more information, please visit www.sifive.com.

Stay current with the latest SiFive updates via Facebook, Instagram, LinkedIn, Twitter, and YouTube.

(Remarks) All names of products or services mentioned in this press release are trademarks or registered trademarks of their respective owners.
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The content in the press release, including, but not limited to, product prices and specifications, is based on the information as of the date indicated on the document, but may be subject to change without prior notice.

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2021.4.22  UPDATE 7 – Notice Regarding the Semiconductor Manufacturing Factory (Naka Factory) Fire Back to top April 21, 2021

TOKYO, Japan, 2021 ― Renesas Electronics Corporation (TSE:6723), a premier supplier of advanced semiconductor solutions, today confirmed the emission of smoke at 16:29 JST from the power panel of a Rail Guided Vehicle (RGV) located on the basement of the N3 Building (300mm line) of Naka Factory. The smoke was extinguished immediately by Renesas employees after it began. Following the confirmation of the site by the fire department and maintenance of the power panel, which was the cause of the smoke, production has been resumed as of 20:00 JST on the first floor and the second floor of the N3 Building. There are no impacts to the production and shipment outlook announced in “UPDATE 6 – Notice Regarding the Semiconductor Manufacturing Factory (Naka Factory) Fire”. We also confirmed no casualties from this incident.

Renesas will continue to strive for the safety of the community and with the support of the fire department and the police as well as the relevant authorities, we will work to prevent a re occurrence.

About Renesas Electronics Corporation
Renesas Electronics Corporation (TSE: 6723) delivers trusted embedded design innovation with complete semiconductor solutions that enable billions of connected, intelligent devices to enhance the way people work and live. A global leader in microcontrollers, analog, power, and SoC products, Renesas provides comprehensive solutions for a broad range of automotive, industrial, infrastructure, and IoT applications that help shape a limitless future. Learn more at renesas.com. Follow us on LinkedIn, Facebook, Twitter, and YouTube.

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2021.4.20  UPDATE 6 – Notice Regarding the Semiconductor Manufacturing Factory (Naka Factory) Fire

TOKYO, Japan, 2021 ― Renesas Electronics Corporation (TSE:6723), a premier supplier of advanced semiconductor solutions, today held a third press conference regarding the occurrence of a fire on March 19, 2021 at part of the processes in the N3 Building (300mm line) of Naka Factory (located in Hitachinaka, Ibaraki Prefecture) of Renesas Semiconductor Manufacturing Co., Ltd, a wholly-owned manufacturing subsidiary of Renesas. The press conference covered the latest outlook on production and shipment. The contents of the press conference are summarized below. Once again, we would like to give our sincerest apologies to neighboring residents, partner companies, relevant authorities and all those involved for the trouble.

* Date and time of the press conference

   Monday, April 19, 2021 at 2:00 pm to 3:00 pm JST

* Speakers at the press conference

    Hidetoshi Shibata, President and CEO

    Masahiko Nozaki, Executive Vice President, General Manager of Production & Technology Unit

    Shuhei Shinkai, Senior Vice President and CFO

* Overview of the press conference

– Timeline for restarting production

As of 9:00 am April 17, 2021, production restarted at the N3 Building. As of April 17, 2021, our production capacity is just under 10% in comparison to the production capacity before the occurrence of the fire. We aim to recover the capacity to 30% by the end of this week, 50% by the end of April and return to 100% by the end of May.

– Manufacturing and shipment status

In regard to shipment of products manufactured in the N3 Building, we will gradually return to the shipment levels before the occurrence of the fire by starting the shipment of work-in-processes which was being produced at the time of the fire. Although this will depend on the product, following the lead time of a typical product, we stated at the March 30 press conference that we expect 100% recovery of product shipment of products manufactured in the N3 Building to customers approximately 100 days after the fire. At this current time, we expect there to be a delay of about 7 to 10 days from the approximately 100 days after the fire for 100% recovery of product shipment. On the other hand, the effect of alternative production is expected to come sooner than initially anticipated, and the amount is larger than expected, contributing to the production.

– Procurement of manufacturing equipment

Within the 23 units of equipment impacted by the fire, we were able to confirm procurement for 17 units within April. 1 unit is expected to be procured within May, and we are currently coordinating the delivery date of 1 unit. In regard to the remaining 4 units, the capacity of the newly procured equipment is higher than the existing equipment, and we have an outlook on alternative production. Therefore, we are able to achieve 100% recovery without procuring these equipment in the short term. To maintain and increase capacity in the long term, we will continue to work with equipment manufactures to procure the remaining 4 units.

– Plans for alternative production

If 2 months’ worth of the N3 Building’s manufacturing capacity is alternatively produced, for products that can be outsourced, the percentage of alternatively produced products from the initial 90% stated at the previous press conference on March 30, 2021, is expected to increase to 98%, through moving up production dates and increasing manufacturing capacity.

– Fire prevention measures on equipment

The fire started in the Cu plating equipment, and there used to be 7 units of the Cu plating equipment available before the fire. 3 units were damaged by the fire, including the unit which started the fire, and 4 units remain that were not impacted. These 4 units use a different battery formation structure compared to the unit which started fire. We therefore do not expect any similar incidents with the same cause for these 4 units.

As a countermeasure to another fire should occur caused by other reasons, though unexpected, we have already placed CO2 fire extinguishers and automatic dampers. In May, we will also place sensors to detect smoke and heat. In June, we will link the sensors to introduce a mechanism in which CO2 extinguishing materials will automatically be released. We believe that if a fire should occur, we can control damages to a smaller area compared to the fire on March 19.

Renesas will continue to strive for the safety of the community and with the support of the fire department and the police as well as the relevant authorities, we will work to prevent a reoccurrence.

Reference:

Friday, March 19, 2021: Notice Regarding the Semiconductor Manufacturing Factory (Naka Factory) Fire
Saturday, March 20 2021: UPDATE 2 – Notice Regarding the Semiconductor Manufacturing Factory (Naka Factory) Fire
Sunday, March 21, 2021:UPDATE 3 – Notice Regarding the Semiconductor Manufacturing Factory (Naka Factory) Fire
Tuesday, March 30, 2021: UPDATE 4 – Notice Regarding the Semiconductor Manufacturing Factory (Naka Factory) Fire
Saturday, April 10, 2021: UPDATE 5 – Notice Regarding the Semiconductor Manufacturing Factory (Naka Factory) Fire

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2021.4.19  Renesas Joins the Responsible Business Alliance to Enhance Supply Chain Sustainability

Becoming an RBA Member Showcases Renesas’ Commitment to Operate to the Highest Ethical and Social Standards

TOKYO, Japan, 2021 ― Renesas Electronics Corporation (TSE:6723), a premier supplier of advanced semiconductor solutions, today announced it has joined the Responsible Business Alliance (RBA), a nonprofit organization founded in 2004 committed to supporting the rights and well-being of workers and communities worldwide affected by global supply chains. By joining the RBA, Renesas will fully support the vision and goals of the RBA to ensure that its manufacturing processes are environmentally responsible and that its workers are treated with respect and dignity.

As a member of the Responsible Business Alliance (RBA), Renesas fully supports the vision and goals of the RBA:

RBA’s Vision:

A coalition of companies driving sustainable value for workers, the environment and business throughout the global supply chain.

RBA’s Mission:

Members, suppliers and stakeholders collaborate to improve working and environmental conditions and business performance through leading standards and practices.

The RBA provides a Code of Conduct, which is a set of social, environmental and ethical industry standards. The standards set out in the Code of Conduct reference international norms and standards including the Universal Declaration of Human Rights, ILO International Labor Standards, OECD Guidelines for Multinational Enterprises, ISO and SA standards.

“Joining the RBA reinforces Renesas’ commitment to apply the highest level of integrity and ethical governance in every aspect of our business,” said Hidetoshi Shibata, President and CEO at Renesas. “We will conduct our business, both in our own operation and throughout our supply chain, in a manner consistent with the RBA Code of Conduct, in order to achieve a sustainable global supply chain system.”

The Responsible Business Alliance (RBA) is a nonprofit coalition of leading companies dedicated to improving social, environmental and ethical conditions in their global supply chains. The RBA has a Code of Conduct and a range of programs, training and assessment tools to support continual improvement. The organization has a global footprint, with offices in North America, Europe and Asia. The RBA and its Responsible Minerals, Labor and Factory Initiatives have more than 400 members with combined annual revenues of greater than $7.7 trillion, directly employing over 21.5 million people, with products manufactured in more than 120 countries.

About Renesas Electronics Corporation
Renesas Electronics Corporation (TSE: 6723) delivers trusted embedded design innovation with complete semiconductor solutions that enable billions of connected, intelligent devices to enhance the way people work and live. A global leader in microcontrollers, analog, power, and SoC products, Renesas provides comprehensive solutions for a broad range of automotive, industrial, infrastructure, and IoT applications that help shape a limitless future. Learn more at renesas.com. Follow us on LinkedIn, Facebook, Twitter, and YouTube.

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