Mid September we reported that Sony was thinking about selling the CELL CPU plant. Today, about 1 month later Sony and Toshiba announce a joint-venture that will produce high-performance semiconductors, including the Cell Broadband Engine (Cell/B.E.) and the RSX graphics engine.
The agreement also includes the transfer of Sony 300mm wafer line fabrication facilities installed in Fab 2 of Sony Semiconductor Kyushu Corporation's Nagasaki Technology Center (SKC) by the end of March 2008 to Toshiba. The production line would be operated by the joint-venture.
The ownership structure of the new joint-venture would be 60% for Toshiba and 40% for Sony (Sony, SCEI).
This collaboration will allow Toshiba to expand and enhance its system LSI business by increasing order volume and securing regular orders of high-performance semiconductors for PlayStation, while Sony Group will aim for the further growth of the PlayStation business by achieving process migration of high-performance semiconductors.
The joint-venture is still in an early stage as the companies just singed a non-binding memorandum of understanding.
Via this Toshiba press-release.
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