NHK has learned that Japanese chip manufacturer Renesas Electronics will outsource some of its output to the world's largest contract semiconductor maker, following a fire at its plant last month.
Sources say Taiwan Semiconductor Manufacturing Company, or TSMC, accepted requests for such supply from Japan's government and Renesas. They say TSMC may be able to make deliveries faster than requested.
Renesas suspended part of the production at its factory in Ibaraki Prefecture, northeast of Tokyo, after the blaze on March 19.
It aims to resume some of that output by Monday, but shipments are expected to take several months to return to pre-fire levels.
Concern has been growing that automakers may be forced to reduce output due to a possible shortage of chips. Attention is focused on how far that will be alleviated by the supply from TSMC.