Sony Closing Factory Working on PlayStation Chips; Boosting CMOS Sensors Production
In a press release, Sony announced that it will cease all its operations at the Japanese Sony Semiconductor Oita Technology Center (A.K.A. Oita TEC), based in Kunisaki, Oita Prefecture.
Oita TEC was known to be involved in producing the packaging of the Cell and RSX chips for the PS3. It was previously a production site for memory packaging, but it recently turned its focus on the production of advanced packaging for chips used on Sony’s PlayStation Consoles.
The decision is probably linked to the decreasing demand for PS3 components, as Sony motivated the move with the “changing business landscape.”
In the same press release, Sony announced that it will invest approximately 105 billion yen (roughly 805 million dollars) in its Nagasaki TEC and Yamagata TEC plants to increase the production of CMOS Image Sensors from the current level of 60,000 wafers per month to approximately 80,000 wafers per month. The former Oita TEC employees will probably be transfered to these plants, so they won’t lose their jobs.