SAN JOSE, Calif. - Sony Corp. plans to invest approximately 100 billion yen ($1.2 billion) in a newly acquired fab to increase the production capacity for CMOS image sensors.
Through this increase of capacity, Sony plans to solidify its position as one of the world's leading company in CMOS image sensors and CCD image sensors.
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.
These investments will further expand Sony's production capacity for "Exmor" and "Exmor R" CMOS image sensors in order to meet increased demand from markets such as those for smartphones and digital still cameras. 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.