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Toshiba, Sony form high-performance IC JV

Posted: 22 Feb 2008     Print Version  Bookmark and Share

Keywords:joint venture  high-performance IC  semiconductor 

Toshiba Corp., Sony Corp. and Sony Computer Entertainment Inc. (SCEI) have entered a definitive agreement to form a new joint venture for the production of high-performance semiconductors, including products for SCEI's PlayStation computer entertainment systems.

Under the terms of the agreement, the JV, to be named at a later date, will start operation from April 1 in Nagasaki Technology Centre of Sony Semiconductor Kyushu Corporation (SCK). It will be 60 per cent owned by Toshiba, and Sony and SCEI will each take a 20 per cent stake. Within the fiscal year ending March 31, Toshiba will acquire for approximately Rs.3,280.65 crore ($831 million), the 300mm wafer line installed in SCK's Nagasaki Technology Centre Fab2, and plan to make it available for the JV at the start of operation. Details of the operation including administrative and operation organisation will be finalised by the start-up date.

Semiconductors to be manufactured by the JV company include the Cell Broadband Engine processor, the RSX graphics engine and other high-performance semiconductors for Sony Group, as well as Toshiba's SoCs for applications in digital consumer products. Manufacturing will start with 65nm process, and the new company will promote migration to 45nm process mass production, in cooperation with Toshiba's system LSI manufacturing operation in Oita, while also working to achieve advances in manufacturing technologies and efficiencies.

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