Sony spreads around funding

February 2, 2004 – Sony Group is investing $325 million in IBM’s 300mm fab in East Fishkill, NY, to spur production of 65nm chips to be used for Sony’s new “Cell” chips, as well as other chips for its Playstation and consumer electronics products, all based on process technology being jointly developed by the two companies and Toshiba.

The investment is part of Sony’s $1.1 billion spending plan in 2004, which also includes investments in Toshiba’s plant in Oita for 65nm CMOS chips, and in a 300mm production line at Sony Computer Entertainment’s Fab 2 facility in Nagasaki.

Combined, the three facilities are expected to churn out 10,000 wafers/month by 1H05.


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