Toshiba to Sell CELL Manufacturing Plant to Sony

Andriasang: Toshiba is currently in negotiations to sell its Nagasaki semiconductor manufacturing plant to Sony. The plant is used to manufacture the CELL chips that are used in the PlayStation 3.

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Balt 2860d ago (Edited 2860d ago )

Wait, wait, wait -- Didn't Sony sell the Cell Plant to Toshiba at one time? Toshiba had bought this from Sony if I recall. What's going on here?

There's my proof.

rrw2860d ago (Edited 2860d ago )

well it seem Toshiba sold it back. consider they only use it on tv and sony have more broader product using this chip

having cell manufacture close to sony is very good strategy move since they are the biggest role on cell industry (ps3, and possibly psp2) will probably improve the design and quality of cell and makes ps3 cheaper.

this probably sony strategy to make PSP2 on price range.

tatical2859d ago

"having cell manufacture close to sony is very good strategy move since they are the biggest role on cell industry (ps3, and possibly psp2) will probably improve the design and quality of cell and makes ps3 cheaper."

From the article:
Sony hopes to purchase the plant and convert it to the production of chips for use in high definition digital cameras and smart phones, demand for which is expanding greatly.

ComboBreaker2859d ago (Edited 2859d ago )

This sell will allow Sony to produce Cell for even cheaper (In time for PS3 price cut). Sony plan to have Cells in all their electronic devices.

Imagine that: The power of the PS3, in a Sony Walkman. The future will be here soon...

HolyOrangeCows2859d ago

Toshiba has done little with the CELL and Sony can use it to continue to make awesome specialized products with it.

As far as I see it, everyone would win.

White-Sharingan2859d ago

I believe they (sony) bought it for less than what they sold it to lol so it seems it turned out better that way.

BrianC62342859d ago

Sony sold their share to Toshiba. What cracks me up is Toshiba isn't happy with how the Cell has done outside of gaming. What exactly has Toshiba done with the Cell? Finally there's a report of them putting it in a TV. How about coming up with ideas Toshiba? The Cell could be used for a lot of things if Toshiba wanted to use it.

RememberThe3572859d ago

There is probably more than one plant. Sony need to keep making Cell processors or the PS3 and the article says that this plat is going to make chips for cameras and smart phones.

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Information Minister2859d ago (Edited 2859d ago )

Coca-Cola >>>>>>> Pepsi

SWORDF1SH2859d ago (Edited 2859d ago )


actually sometimes

this makes my post neutralised

Rage_S902859d ago

apples are teh superiorz oranges you have to peal

ThatCanadianGuy2859d ago

You orange fanboys make me sick.

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jahcure2859d ago

Can we say even lower manufacturing costs. Sony know what they are doing.

Shikoro2859d ago

Yeah, this may be good to cut the production costs even more. That will eventually lead to a price cut so people can buy a PS3 just in time to play the AWESOME lineup that is to come next year. :D

Vesemir2859d ago (Edited 2859d ago )

This could result in lower manufacturing costs for Sony, in the long run.
Which means, cheaper PS3s in the future.

sp1deynut2859d ago (Edited 2859d ago )

Now that they have the chip size down, and thus more affordable to mfr...and the overall cost of the PS3 is waaaay down from launch...this makes a ton of sense for Sony. And if they do indeed have Cell (or some variation) in PSP2, it will blow away any handheld device ever made.... even iPad. Not to mention, this shows their long-term commitment to the chip; PS4 with twin Cells anyone?

EDIT: Wow...a disagree already? I suppose I shouldn't be's N4G after all, where telling the truth, and/or making positive, logical statements will ALWAYS get disagrees from stupid fanboys. So pathetic. Funny thing is, most people would label me a MS fanboy...

tatical2859d ago

You probably got a disagree because the article says that Sony is converting the factory to produce chips for high definition digital cameras and smart phones.

AKS2859d ago

I'd be OK with a quicker CELL. I just don't want Sony to try to reinvent the wheel again with a totally new architecture. The CELL seems pretty capable with a good software dev tools. More RAM and a newer GPU would be great, especially if an updated CELL would still allow them to utilize the tricks that have already been developed, like MLAA via CELL. I think a next generation CELL could work pretty well if Sony eliminated the PS3's bottlenecks of RAM and GPU in the PS4 and let developers continue to build upon previously developed techniques. That strategy could pay big dividends if the next generation Gran Turismo or Killzone could be completed in half the time or less instead of 5 or 6 years. Developers would be much happier than they were early in the PS3's life cycle.

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