Sony Toshiba Partnership?

sony toshibaSony Toshiba Partnership?

I’m not going to lie. I have had some bad experiences with Toshiba hard drives in the last 10 years. I have avoided them like the plague. In the early nineties, their laptops were built like a tank. In fact, they really were much too heavy to be carted around then but we didn’t know any better. Even MacBook Pros were heavy. But by the looks of it, a new Sony Toshiba partnership isn’t geared to envelop Toshiba’s computer hardware industry. What the Sony Toshiba Memorandum of Understanding does is

“confirms their intent to negotiate the transfer to Sony of certain Toshiba owned semiconductor fabrication facilities, equipment and related assets in Oita Prefecture, and also other related equipment and assets.”

Visit this link to read the release from Sony Global.

sony toshibaSony’s image sensor business is so successful that it exists as a brand new company called Sony Semiconductor Solutions. After my recent visit to Sony where I had the opportunity to learn about the in-depth features of the F55 camera, I can see why they are interested in 1) making the offer to a struggling Toshiba as it works to recover from a $1.3 billion accounting scandal; 2) furthering the growth of a new industry that is a cash cow for Sony; and 3) eliminating more competition that would have come from Toshiba by causing them to withdraw from the CMOS image sensors business.

To put this all into perspective, if you own a smartphone that has a camera, it probably houses a Sony image sensor.

–Stu Brown

It’s Official: Sony Will Take Over All of Toshiba’s CMOS Manufacturing Facilities and Operations

It’s no secret that Sony is the amongst the biggest players in the imaging sensor business. Aside from the sensors that go into their own cameras, they make the sensors that go into your iPhone, Nikon‘s DSLRs… you name it. Even Canon is recently reported to be testing outside sensors for the first time (and there’s a good chance some of those are Sony’s). Needless to say, all of this talk and excitement over Sony’s sensors means they’re going to need to scale up manufacturing. Solution: buy and manage Toshiba’s CMOS chip factories.

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