After The Quake, Chip Maker Renesas Runs at Half Speed

Hobbled by Japan’s massive earthquake and subsequent power-supply problems, Renesas Electronics Corp. said its capacity in the early stages of chip manufacture is little more than half its pre-quake level.

“At this point, we don’t know when we can go back to normal production,” said a Renesas spokeswoman, Makie Uehara.

Electronics and auto makers world-wide could be hurt by reduced output from Renesas, which makes key components.

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