Breaking News
Comments
Newest First | Oldest First | Threaded View
docdivakar
User Rank
Manager
re: Nikkei: Japanese firms look to merge system IC ops
docdivakar   2/13/2012 9:37:24 PM
NO RATINGS
@Junko: the maneuvering seems to draw some inspiration from the formation of Global Foundries but I would also caution this -TSMC is always lurking in the corner with its dominance over others. If the joint effort is truly operated as an independent unit, it will have to deal with that business reality and operate accordingly. MP Divakar

junko.yoshida
User Rank
Blogger
re: Nikkei: Japanese firms look to merge system IC ops
junko.yoshida   2/8/2012 6:15:46 PM
NO RATINGS
I am not certain if Toshiba has indeed been able to keep its head above the water. It has its own problems. The proposed deal involving the three companies reflects more of the history that goes back among those three companies, I think. Panasonic, for example, worked with Renesas on its 32-nm process technology. So, I wouldn't read too much into this -- why those three and why Toshiba not involved.

chipmonk0
User Rank
CEO
re: Nikkei: Japanese firms look to merge system IC ops
chipmonk0   2/8/2012 5:57:11 PM
NO RATINGS
The failure of the established semiconductor industry of Japan to keep up with the rise of lower cost semiconductor industry in Taiwan & Korea ( aided and abetted by profit maximizing US Corp.s who have xferred technology to them ) is the most obvious reason behind the current crises. But not all Japanese semicos have gone downhill, e,g. Toshiba. So how has Toshiba been able to keep its head above the water ? How are they different from these 3 Japanese semiconductor / electronics conglomerates now considering merger ? Any comments ?

eewiz
User Rank
CEO
re: Nikkei: Japanese firms look to merge system IC ops
eewiz   2/8/2012 5:15:12 PM
NO RATINGS
They could as well simply consolidate all semi operations of these companies. Anyway Jap semi companies sales are mostly limited to japanese market. With a few exceptions like Toshiba, Renesas most of the semi divisions (sony,panasonic) are supported by internal sales. Whats the point of keeping separate semi divisions, if they cant successfully compete globally?

mcgrathdylan
User Rank
Blogger
re: Nikkei: Japanese firms look to merge system IC ops
mcgrathdylan   2/8/2012 5:35:16 AM
NO RATINGS
Actually, this deal would result in at least one and probably two additional Japanese chip firms being born, according to the Nikkei report. Renesas, Fujitsu and Panasonic would continue to exist and presumably market their own chips (MCU, etc.), but their SoC operations would be rolled together into what would presumably be a fourth new company. And a fifth company, a foundry, would be created in a JV with Globalfoundries, if the report is accurate.

resistion
User Rank
CEO
re: Nikkei: Japanese firms look to merge system IC ops
resistion   2/8/2012 5:08:16 AM
NO RATINGS
Nikkei similarly reported the rumors regarding Elpida-Micron. Elpida's stock responded correspondingly. Diversification investment is the only insurance against consolidation. Regretfully, only Samsung, the company everyone fears, or perhaps more accurately, the government behind it, executed this correctly.

goafrit
User Rank
Manager
re: Nikkei: Japanese firms look to merge system IC ops
goafrit   2/8/2012 1:20:40 AM
NO RATINGS
Japan is simply on crises. It is time they need to think if they need a NEW plan to survive. There are many crises in that nation in this industry.

TingLu
User Rank
Rookie
re: Nikkei: Japanese firms look to merge system IC ops
TingLu   2/7/2012 9:44:56 PM
NO RATINGS
At this merging rate, soon there will be only one Semiconductor Company in Japan.

selinz
User Rank
CEO
re: Nikkei: Japanese firms look to merge system IC ops
selinz   2/7/2012 9:19:53 PM
NO RATINGS
So what are the potential benefits? 1) Share IP. Maybe 2) close plant sites/consolidate.. Doubtful 3) Get a big chunk of money to from "uncle sam." Now that makes sense.



EE Life
Frankenstein's Fix, Teardowns, Sideshows, Design Contests, Reader Content & More
Max Maxfield

Aging Brass: Cow Poop vs. Horse Doo-Doo
Max Maxfield
34 comments
As you may recall, one of the things I want to do with the brass panels I'm using in my Inamorata Prognostication Engine is to make them look really old. Since everything is being mounted ...

latest comment y88games Thank you so much for sharing.
EDN Staff

11 Summer Vacation Spots for Engineers
EDN Staff
11 comments
This collection of places from technology history, museums, and modern marvels is a roadmap for an engineering adventure that will take you around the world. Here are just a few spots ...

Glen Chenier

Engineers Solve Analog/Digital Problem, Invent Creative Expletives
Glen Chenier
11 comments
- An analog engineer and a digital engineer join forces, use their respective skills, and pull a few bunnies out of a hat to troubleshoot a system with which they are completely ...

Larry Desjardin

Engineers Should Study Finance: 5 Reasons Why
Larry Desjardin
45 comments
I'm a big proponent of engineers learning financial basics. Why? Because engineers are making decisions all the time, in multiple ways. Having a good financial understanding guides these ...

Flash Poll
Like Us on Facebook
EE Times on Twitter
EE Times Twitter Feed

Datasheets.com Parts Search

185 million searchable parts
(please enter a part number or hit search to begin)