“Factory resumption” is talked about on SNS What is “power semiconductor” manufactured by Renesas Electronics | Merkmal

Renesas Electronics was reported to resume semiconductor production by the end of 2024. The company plans to produce power semiconductors with an investment of about 90 billion yen. In the global movement to increase production, competition for engineers by each company was also active.

“Power semiconductors” with increasing demand for EVs

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Semiconductor maker Renesas Electronics (Koto-ku, Tokyo) will resume semiconductor production at its Kofu factory, which closed in October 2014, by the end of 2024. This was reported in the media on May 17, and became a hot topic, and “Renesas” became a trend word on Twitter. Production of “power semiconductors” is planned at the reopening factory. Demand for power semiconductors for electric vehicles (EVs) is expected to increase in the future.

Renesas Electronics was established in 2003 by the spin-off and integration of the semiconductor divisions of Hitachi and Mitsubishi. After that, it merged with NEC Electronics in April 2010 and became the current Renesas Electronics.

In 2021, the demand for semiconductors for games and personal computers will increase due to the demand for corona-ka. In February of the same year, the Naka factory in Hitachinaka City, Ibaraki Prefecture, was damaged by the earthquake, leading to a shortage of semiconductors. As a result, demand for in-vehicle semiconductors has increased sharply, recording record high profits.

As of 2021, the company has the 15th largest sales of semiconductor companies and the second largest in Japan after Kioxia. What kind of power semiconductor will such a company produce when the factory is reopened?