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    Sony to spend $1-billion on CMOS sensor production

    This isn't strictly related to the PS3, any more than the ditzo hub-bub that was going on about this plant a couple years ago. It was a Cell plant for Toshiba in Nagasaki and Sony bought it back from Toshiba. Even though Sony said back then that it was going to be for sensor manufacturing, the idiotweb turned it into "SONY ABANDONING CELLZ!!!".

    Well, here it is a couple years later and Sony is turning the plant into -- TA-DA -- a sensor production plant. DUH SONY LIEZ!!!! This CMOS camera chip is going to be gold, a lot of gold, for Sony. All the cameras in smartphones, tablets, videogame console motion sensors, are CCD now. Sony's CMOS image sensor has on-chip signal processing in a smaller size, more resolution. You know the PS4 is going to have a camera built in and it has to be a much higher quality camera than widely available now.

    Sony to spend $1-billion on CMOS sensor production
    6/22/2012

    http://www.sony.net/SonyInfo/technol...e/cmos_01.html

    LONDON Sony Corp. (Tokyo, Japan) has announced that it plans to spend about 80 billion yen (about $1 billion) by September 2013 to expand its manufacturing capacity for stacked CMOS image sensors.

    The investment in Sony Semiconductor's Nagasaki wafer fab, includes 45 billion yen already assigned to capex in the current financial year that ends on March 31, 2013, will increase Sony's production capacity for image sensors to 60,000 wafers per month.

    Stacked CMOS image sensors attach the back-illuminated sensors on to ICs that perform signal processing, rather than using substrates to support both the back-illuminated CMOS image sensors and processing IC. Stacked CMOS image sensors smaller sized of image sensors and allow more compact size for digital cameras and mobile devices, Sony said.

    The billion-dollar spend is intended to solidify Sony's position as the largest maker of CMOS image sensors and address the rapidly increasing demand for image sensors for use in smartphones and tablet computers, Sony said.

    Sony will benefit from a government subsidy that will be provided by the Ministry of Economy, Trade and Industry in Japan, through the "Subsidy for Domestic Location Promotion Projects" program. Sony did not indicate the size of the subsidy.



    Sony Semiconductor's Nagasaki Technology Center

    Sony has 200-mm wafer production lines for CMOS images sensors at Kagoshima and Nagasaki and the company also outsources CMOS image sensor production to foundries. For the purposes of calculating the monthly output production has been recalculated to 300-mm diameter wafer equivalents.
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    I believe its Nikon or someone that buys these sensors off SONY.

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    Quote Originally Posted by mickice View Post
    I believe its Nikon or someone that buys these sensors off SONY.
    Nikon makes their own CMOS image sensor and if you followed the technical link, the Sony EXMOR technology is superior. The article also does say Sony is looking at supplying this for smartphones, tablets and mobile applications, so their customers are going to be Asus, Samsung, Apple, Motorola, Microsoft, LG, and so on. There is little doubt the PS4 will include an integrated camera to replace the Eyetoy and Sony has said motion sensing needs better and faster cameras. That is what this is, showing the capability to do 300 frames per second capture. It does not take a rocket scientist to realize that if the camera is only able to catch 3 to 5 frames per second, that speed of motion detection is going to be affected, affecting the gameplay.
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    Hey guys I'm new here. I have a few questions for you.

    Is there any truth to the rumor that X-Fab signed an option agreement for consignment production with the Sony Nagasaki Plant? Is it being exercised? Are there any other consignment manufacturing options in Japan?

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    You made some good points there. This is a exciting source of knowledge

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