Sony is poised to ramp up its production of image sensors with a Â¥60-billion yen (about $500M) investment in its Kumamoto Technology Center fabrication facility.
The money will be spent over the next three years to extend Sonyâ€™s cleanroom facilities by another 5,000 square meters and reinforce its image-sensor fabrication capacity.
Sony is positioning image sensors as a key focus area of its semiconductor business. Over the next three years, Sony plans to strengthen its CMOS sensor manufacturing operations to provide growth markets such as mobile phones and digital still cameras with CMOS sensors that combine high image quality with advanced processing speeds. Demand for CMOS sensors has demonstrated rapid growth in recent years.