Sony to spend 60 billion yen to boost semiconductor production

December 22, 2004 – Sony Corp. said Tuesday it will invest 60 billion yen (US$575 million) in fiscal 2005 and 2006 to boost production of semiconductors at Sony Semiconductor Kyushu Corp, according to Kyodo News International.

The semiconductor unit in southwestern Japan will spend 10 billion yen to build a new production wing at its Kokubu technology center in Kagoshima Prefecture. It will also spend 50 billion yen to construct a new wing at its Kumamoto technology center and add production equipment to the facility, Sony said.

With the new production wing at Kokubu, Sony will produce silicon crystal reflective displays, a device for liquid-crystal display projection systems, and LCD driver ICs, it said. The Kumamoto center will use its new production line to turn out mainly CMOS (complementary metal-oxide semiconductor) image sensors.


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