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Sony to Partner with TSMC and build chip plant in Japan

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There has been rumors of a possible partnership between TSMC and Sony. It seems Sony is working hard to reduce one of the big problems that has been rocking the tech world since last year – chip shortage.

One of the ways to reduce the problem of chip shortage apparently is by building more chip plants. And given the facts that the best-selling Sony Play Station 5 suffered from chip shortage, it’s only fair that Sony Partners with TSMC (Taiwan Semiconductor Manufacturing Co.), and build a chip plan.

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A new report from AsiaNikkei has confirmed that Sony (a Japanese company) is making a move to join hands with TSMC (a Taiwanese company) to build a chip plant in Japan. This was hinted at a conference held to showcase its earnings for first half of 2021 (H1 2021).

During the conference, the company’s Chief Financial Officer stated: “The Stable procurement of semiconductors is a crucial issue amid the chip crunch. The TSMC Plat could be a solution”.

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TSMC to Build Its First Chipset Plant Outside Of Taiwan

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TSMC is the world’s biggest contract chipmaker. Currently, the company is chipmaker for tech giants like AMD, NVIDIA, MediaTek, Qualcomm, and many others. And now, Sony is planning on partnering with the chipmaker and build a chip plant probably in Japan.

Sony executive has refused to speak with respect to the investment for the chip plant. However, he said “It will be very meaningful for us to further strengthen and deepen our partnership with TSMC, which has the world’s most advanced semiconductor production technology”.

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According to previous reports, TSMC has plans of building its first advanced production side outside of Taiwan. Interestingly, the rumors were previously stating that the Taiwanese firm might pick Japan as the country of choice to build its first external plant.

The preferred plant site is rumored to be in the Western Japanese prefecture of Kumamoto. The construction is expected to start sometime in 2022 and productions may begin in 2024. But it’s unclear the influence of Sony with this business.

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