Sony Acquires Toshiba Facilities For Camera Sensors, Wiping Away Competition

Sony has officially announced its purchase of a semiconductor fabrication facility in Oita City, Japan, from the Toshiba Corp., a deal that was first outlined in an Oct. 28 memo of understanding.

Toshiba's semiconductor fabrication facility in Oita City, Japan, will officially become the property of Sony on March 31. Sony plans to manufacture CMOS image sensors there.
Toshiba’s semiconductor fabrication facility in Oita City, Japan, will officially become the property of Sony on March 31. Sony plans to manufacture CMOS image sensors there.

The sale marks what looks like the end of Toshiba’s sensor business, which was reported in October by Reuters to be worth around $165 million. In the end, Sony took it off Toshiba’s handsĀ for about $155 million. The move will essentially oust Toshiba as Sony’s competitor when it comes to smartphone and digital cameras, which the sensors are used for.

The fabrication facility, which mainly produces CMOS image sensors and memory controllers, is expected to be under Sony’s complete control by March 31 of next year.

story source: techtimes

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