Sony may team up with TSMC to alleviate component shortages with new factory in Japan

The construction of the factory would have investment from the Japanese government

A difficult semiconductor market situation is taking the sleep not only of PC hardware manufacturers, but of consoles also. Sony is considering partnering with Taiwan’s TSMC to build its factory in Japan, according to a Nikkei report.

If the negotiation between both companies works out, the factory is to be built in Kumamoto, southern Japan. O Japanese government is expected to invest 800 billion yen, about US$ 7.15 billion in the project. The factory would serve for the production of semiconductors aimed at vehicles, camera sensors and other products, which were also affected by current limitations.

The operation of the factory must start in 2024, according to the report. so much to Sony and TSMC declined to comment on the matter. According to ReutersTSMC said in July that it has plans to establish production in Japan and the Taiwanese giant does not want to concentrate its entire production in Taiwan, mainly because of disagreements with China.

Japan’s government is also concerned about restrictions on the supply of raw material for the construction of its vehicles, so a factory in the country, even in partnership with Sony, but with government investment, would go down well for the country as a whole.

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TSMC is the world’s largest semiconductor manufacturer and there are big companies like Apple, AMD e NVIDIA, among others, as customers. With plans to begin operations in 2024, it is clear that the current situation would not benefit in any way.

Many speculate about a resumption of normalization in the supply of chips to hardware, console, car and electronics makers in general. While we have already reported here some important names saying that next year should start to normalize, others point to 2023 onwards.

For Phil Spencer, responsible for the Xbox division, the shortage in supplying and shipping consoles to retailers is linked, yes, to the current situation, but there are other factors involved. “There are several types of difficulties in this process”, comments Spencer, who believes that the situation will continue for the rest of the year.


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Via: PSX Brazil, Reuters

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