Toshiba and Sony unveil semiconductor venture

22 Feb 2008

Toshiba, Sony and Sony Computer Entertainment Incorporated (SCEI) have agreed to form a new joint venture for the production of high-performance semiconductors.

The semiconductors will be used in products for SCEI’s PlayStation systems.

The agreement follows on from a memorandum of understanding between the parties dating back to October 2007.

Under the terms of the definitive agreement, the joint venture will start operation from April in Japan. It will be 60pc owned by the three companies, with each taking a 20pc share.

Manufacturing will start with 65nm process, and the joint venture will promote migration to 45nm process mass production.

Earlier this week, Toshiba announced it was bowing out of the high-definition DVD format race and unveiled a new deal with SanDisk to boost production of NAND flash storage systems.

By Niall Byrne