I am so glad to hear that the production capacity is progressing! It seems that for a few weeks all you heard about was the devastation and the nuclear power plants, not much was said about the people and their determination to rebuild, fix and get back to normalcy. If Fujitsu applied what they had learned from the prior earthquake and is reaping the benefits now, kudos to them! I would hope that both customers reward them and other companies would follow their lead. Thank you Junko, for bringing EE Times readers an update on the companies and production in Japan!
Well, just to be clear, what used to be NEC's semiconductor division is now a part of Renesas. Renesas is built on chip divisions of Hitachi, Mistubishi and NEC. Panasonic (Matsushita) has its own internal chip division; but I wouldn't call it a merchant chip vendor. Missing from this list are Fujitsu and Toshiba.
What's interesting is the impact of the latest earthquake/tsunami had on many Japanese electronics companies (chips as well as system vendors). They appear to be more inclined to spread their bets (multi-fab, multi-foundry strategies) and more willing to have their systems manufacturered outside Japan.
Fujitsu thought about the future with their past expereinces and planned. Worked on their plans and able to recover faster than others. In this process they spent time and also money. Thinking that there will be a disaster in the future is Pessimism and planning is optimism both are required.
What other semiconductor companies in Japan are recovering so far? Like Freescale, NEC and Matsushita. News said often those 2 companies to compare, Fujisu and Renesas. I guess that they are top and bottom rank. Then all of other guys are not mentioned are doing so so. Any update to feed information.
It's a great news that Fujitsu has recovered. The Global economy has been tied together like a web. More importantly, I really wish Japaneses are soon recovering from the quake. It is amazing how Japan has handled the situation and how fast they recover.
Thanks, Frank. Yes, Fujitsu definitely seems to have learned an invaluable lesson from its own experience three years ago. Meanwhile, I should also point out that every Japanese company is pushing its recovery plan forward. Let's see what Renesas will announce on Friday.
California is also prone to earthquake. What are the strategy for Silicon vendors in CA and surrounding region? Many critical parts in US Military and space porgram have unique vendor. US Space and defence program must also make alternate strategy for this type of disastar.
Great news for Fujitsu. Thanks Junko for pointing out that the differences in recovery times between Fujitsu and Renesas are not just due to differences in fab damage, but also in strategy. It seems that Fujitsu learned a lesson 3 years ago and took action to protect themselves. That action must've had costs, but now they are getting some rewards from that wise decision.