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Toshiba, Sony enter high-performance IC joint venture

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 Center of Sony Semiconductor Kyushu Corporation (SCK). It will be 60 percent owned by Toshiba, and Sony and SCEI will each take a 20 percent stake. Within the fiscal year ending March 31, Toshiba will acquire for approximately $831 million, the 300mm wafer line installed in SCK's Nagasaki Technology Center Fab2, and plan to make it available for the JV at the start of operation. Details of the operation including administrative and operation organization will be finalized 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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