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Sony puts $1.2B in CMOS fab

Posted: 30 Dec 2010 ?? ?Print Version ?Bookmark and Share

Keywords:CMOS image sensor? semiconductor fab?

Sony Corp is putting in $1.2B in a newly acquired fab to expand its capacity for its Exmor and Exmor R CMOS image sensors, which are used in smartphones and digital still cameras.

As reported, Sony re-acquired the semiconductor fab in Nagasaki, Japan, that it sold to Toshiba Corp. in 2008. Sony will buy the fab for about $597.2 million in order to double its capacity to produce CMOS sensors.

Sony will expand its Sony Semiconductor Kyushu Corp.'s Nagasaki Technology Center in the fiscal year ending March 31, 2012.

Through this increase of capacity, Sony expects to solidify its position as the world's leading company in CMOS image sensors and CCD image sensors.

As a result of the investments announced, in addition to the approximately 40 billion yen investment in Sony Semiconductor Kyushu Corp.'s Kumamoto Technology Center, announced on Sept. 1, 2010, Sony's total production capacity for CCD and CMOS image sensors will increase from the current level of approximately 25,000 wafers per month to approximately 50,000 wafers per month by the end of March 2012.

- Mark LaPedus
EE Times

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