Sony is allegedly mulling investment into a Japanese chip factory, which will see it partner with Taiwan’s TSMC to build a plant in Kumamoto. The workshop – expected to produce parts for automobiles, camera image sensors, and more – will allegedly cost billions to setup, with the Japanese government on deck to foot almost half the bill. In addition to investing in the plant, Sony will also apparently look to take a stake in the organisation established to manage it.
The world has been struck by a semiconductor shortage following the global pandemic, which has reduced the supply of products like the PlayStation 5, among many others. In addition, TSMC is concerned about the concentration of its operations in Taiwan given ongoing political tensions with China. While neither company is commenting on the reports right now, it’s believed that the alleged chip factory will look to open in 2024, should it get the green light.
[source asia.nikkei.com, via reuters.com]
Regarding the PS5, I just found this here on the net. That would be a great thing if it works.
PS5 consoles are personalized
In Japan, PS5 consoles are now personalized by dealer Nojima Denki (via) with the buyer's name at the time of purchase, which is attached to the PS5's packaging like a kind of black light tattoo. For this purpose, the packaging of the PS5 will probably also be opened so that it cannot be resold as 'new'. This should make the scalpers' interest in these PS5 consoles unattractive, especially because their name is not circulated everywhere and thus serves as a deterrent.
I hope ps5 pro (in the future) will have more stock compared to original ps5 thanks to this invesment 😃
With China wanting to "reunite" with Taiwan the political clima will get even more tense in the coming years
I like crinkle cut done in the deep fat fryer.
Yeah... this is good news but I anticipate that WW3 will officially start when China makes its move against Taiwan. The Chinese government has already stated that if Japan sends even one ship, plane or soldier to assist Taiwan that they will nuke Japan into submission.
More companies around the world need to invest and build these plants in various countries outside of that region to ensure that the CCP doesn't put their boot on the neck of the entire technology industry.
@Telekill If they would go nuclear then it will be the end of the human race. You think other countries will allow this? This will be a nuclear and the end if the world.
@Flaming_Kaiser Correct. I don't think China cares about the rest of the human race.
@Telekill Why should China care........ everyone hates Communism so if you do not join then your gone........for Decades the Rest of the World has let China get where it is Total control over it's People...Well Guess what Rest of the World China was a blueprint for what is coming to a Cinema near you.
Anyone ever wondered where AIWA came from?
@Number09 China aren’t communist. It’s like calling the Nazis socialist.
@nessisonett The People's Republic of China is a socialist republic run by a single party, the Chinese Communist Party (CCP), headed by the CCP General Secretary who serves as the paramount leader of China. State power within the People's Republic of China (PRC) is exercised through the Communist Party, the Central People's Government (State Council) and its provincial and local representation.
@nessisonett Not wanting to start a political argument so I'll simply say... it's in their government's name... CCP stand for Chinese Communist Party. I'll leave it at that.
@Telekill it's nessisonett way of saying i'm stating the obvious.
@Number09 Ah, ok
That type of authoritarian regime is where communism always has and always will end up.
Fantastic news for Japan. What a massive investment!
If one good thing comes from this current shortage, it'll be the increasing recognition of the need for regional diversification of chip manufacturing.
I think the past 2 years shows an urgent need for diversification in supply chains across the world to avoid shortages like this in the future - so this can only be a good thing.
@Telekill Lets say it in a other way yes they are communists but not with the so called values of a communist. They are just as big in kapitalism like the US the only difference is one dictator is pulling the strings there and in the US its the multinational with the deepest pockets.
In the end both systems are flawed and in a honest world we would have a middle road.
@ApostateMage wrong kind of chips, these are for 5G vaccines
@Telekill I don't even understand the whole China and Taiwan thing? Could you explain what is going on? Why would it be a world war if its between China and Taiwan?
@Flaming_Kaiser Absolutely correct.
Makes sense, the EU & USA seem to be trying to do the same atm.
@Flaming_Kaiser Well stated. I've said often that capitalism and communism have the same objective, central control of all things by a small body. They just arrive by different means and capitalism takes a longer, slower road to get there that keeps things stable for longer until it does. Of course, communism was invented as a theorized solution to the problems of capitalism and ended up becoming something even worse....
@Snake_V5 This is a super abridged version of the history, but the short of it is the old Republic of China (an actual nationalist republic), was thrown into disarray by the Japanese actions during WWII, which facilitated the fledgeling Communist revolutionaries (backed by the USSR/CCCP) to gain support in large part due to the legitimate government obsessing over fighting the revolutionaries at the expense of ignoring the Japanese invasion. As a result, the Communists gained enough power to overthrow the, at the time, legitimate government by coup detat. The legitimate government of Peking (now Beijing, renamed by the current Communist government), fled to the detached Chinese island of Taipei, declaring it to be Taiwan and the legitimate government of China, declaring some amount of independence that was never recognized by Beijing.
Beijing has always held that as a part of China's original whole, Taiwan belongs to China and has no right to declare independence from them.
So the short of it is that Taiwan is actually the continuation of the old China, before the Communists overthrew it. Or claims to be, while China does not recognize that truth, and the rest of the world somewhat respects it and somewhat cows to China by adhering to the "One China" (there aren't two Chinas) policy. It's way in the Olympics Taiwan flies the "Chinese Taipei" flag, not the Taiwanese flag which "officially" doesn't exist.
It's complicated. But the short of it is, sooner or later, it's expected China will simply seize Taiwan by force as it's "legitimately their property." And when that happens, if anyone in the world runs to defend Taiwan's independence (and many probably will), and if Japan participates....that's it, WWIII starts.
Very good investment !
This could be a great move, but a bad one, as well, if the reliance on semiconductors falls, due to alternatives. Like most "crises" the afterthoughts are always how do we prevent/avert/avoid this situation again. Time will tell. Invest, INVEST!!
Well, maybe I'll be able to get a PS5 before the PS6 comes out now. Hooray! At least this is good news for the future, to try and make what's happening now less likely down the line.
The US and the major countries in Europe need to be doing the same thing, ASAP.
YUMMY A Chip factory...I LOVE Fish & Chips
Yeah, right. Let’s build a factory in one of the most disaster-prone parts of Japan. What can go wrong.
@ ApostateMage, crinkle fries cooked crispy on the outside, soft inside, covered with some brown gravy, and served with a mouth watering patty melt.
Unlucky13, i agree, build chip factories in the Us and Europe.
@Telekill If China makes a move against Taiwan, we'll just let it. Just like we let Russia invade Georgia and Crimea. In the case of the former you have stuff like "Russia deliberately attacked fleeing civilians in South Ossetia and the Gori district of Georgia. Russian warplanes bombed civilian population centres in Georgia proper and villages of ethnic Georgians in South Ossetia." but no one lifted a finger to stop them. China could launch missiles into central Taipei and we'd just have a very stern press conference from Boris and Biden and then some sanctions.
We could be reading on the near future that MS will be buying chips for their xbox console from sony. In a way the blu Ray format in xbox is kinda from sony
@Number09 - Aiwa was bought out by Sony along time ago. So Aiwa is now a Sony brand
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