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Sony acquires Toshiba image sensor business for $165 million

Sony acquires Toshiba image sensor business for $165 million
Sony acquires Toshiba image sensor business for $165 million
The buyout will further cement Sony's position as one of the largest suppliers of CMOS sensors for small smartphones all the way up to full-size SLRs.

Sony is finding itself in an unusual position as an electronics giant. While its Vaio notebook business has all but deteriorated and its sales of Xperia smartphones have been stagnant, the Japanese manufacturer is still investing heavily into smartphone production and has quite the hold in the image sensor market with its Exmor cameras. More recently, the Japanese giant purchased SoftKinetic Systems for its 3D imaging technology.

Late last week, the company made another bold move by purchasing Toshiba's image sensor business for a hefty $165 million. Sources close to Routers also claim that Toshiba is planning to sell its manufacturing plant in southern Japan and eventually exit the image sensor business altogether. The company is in the midst of a restructuring and Sony likely saw this as an opportunity to consolidate its already profitable position as a supplier for image sensors used in cameras and smartphones.

Sony is also in the middle of a major reshuffling as it announced early last month than the company would be split into three separate divisions. One of these divisions will be the Semiconductors Solutions group, which will be responsible for CMOS R&D and manufacturing.

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Allen Ngo, 2015-11- 3 (Update: 2015-11- 3)
Allen Ngo
Allen Ngo - US Editor in Chief
After graduating with a B.S. in environmental hydrodynamics from the University of California, I studied reactor physics to become licensed by the U.S. NRC to operate nuclear reactors. There's a striking level of appreciation you gain for everyday consumer electronics after working with modern nuclear reactivity systems astonishingly powered by computers from the 80s. When I'm not managing day-to-day activities and US review articles on Notebookcheck, you can catch me following the eSports scene and the latest gaming news.