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Old 24th February, 2008, 12:35 AM
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Toshiba buying Sony Cell production for a snip

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Sony gives Toshiba something in return for its troubles -- Japanese Cell chip plants for $835M
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Hmmm Interesting as hell...but I little know what it all means...":O}
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I'm not entirely sure it means anything to be honest. Toshiba and Sony were working on a joint venture last year, so this appears to be the culmination of it. Don't forget that Toshiba, IBM and Sony were involved in the construction of the Cell processor.
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Old 25th February, 2008, 08:57 PM
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Does Sony retain Cell Mfg. plants or will Sony now buy them from Toshiba?
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I don't think so, Sony has said in the past that it doesn't really want to be in the business of making processors. It's not their normal area of expertise.
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Old 25th February, 2008, 11:01 PM
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So this deal doesn't include a foundry. Shuh, how could it for such a paltry sum?
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Actually, it's my understanding that it DOES include a foundry. Toshiba are in the business of making chips; Sony aren't. It would make sense for Sony to sell Toshiba the plant in exchange for a certain amount of money and a sweetheart deal on the chips that Sony expects to need in the future. In addition, Toshiba might be able to work out a deal with Microsoft to do some component manufacturing for them on the XBox360. Further, I believe Toshiba have plans for using the Cell in set-top boxes and other applications.
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