Toshiba to sell image sensor business unit to Sony

Toshiba to sell image sensor business unit to Sony
When we think about the imaging sensors used in many smartphone cameras, most would attribute those parts to Sony, whose imaging technology widely regarded as class leading.

Toshiba, no slacker in technology, has an imaging business too. It competes with Sony, but aside from the HTC One M9, we bet you would be hard-pressed to name five smartphone equipped with its sensors inside.

None of that may matter in the near future as Toshiba, who has been a victim of its own soap-opera-drama stemming from two huge accounting scandals over the past two years. The media circus has wrought havoc with the company’s stock prices and sales outlooks to the point that it has canceled its dividend payouts, and is being targeted by several government probes.

To shore up resources and implement long-overdue reforms within the company, Toshiba is reportedly ironing out the details to sell its core sensor business to Sony for about $163 million. This business unit includes semiconductors, and NAND flash memory production in addition to image sensor technology (CMOS – complementary metal-oxide semiconductor).

Toshiba will maintain some focus on NAND flash, but aside from that, it is calling it quits as its imaging sensor business is less than 2% of the market compared to Sony’s 40%. This move clears the stage for Sony to focus on competing against Samsung who is growing more competitive in the CMOS segment.

Thanks, Vince, for the tip!

source: Nekkei

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33 Comments

1. Drsarcastic

Posts: 136; Member since: Jul 23, 2014

*cough* monopoly *cough* Unless there's some other player in the mobile imaging business I don't know about...

5. Busyboy

Posts: 731; Member since: Jan 07, 2015

There's still Samsung and OmniVision

10. vincelongman

Posts: 5583; Member since: Feb 10, 2013

There's also some smaller ones like ON Semi and InVisage I don't think those ones have been used in notable phones yet But their sensors look like decent alternativeshttps://3gltesummit.qualcomm.com/sites/default/files/pdf/3GLTE2015_ONSemi.pdfhttp://www.invisage.com/quantumcinema/ Also here's some new info from Sony and OmniVisionhttps://3gltesummit.qualcomm.com/sites/default/files/pdf/3GLTE2015_Sony-YBaba.pdfhttps://3gltesummit.qualcomm.com/sites/default/files/pdf/3GLTE2015_Omnivision-KOTan.pdf I also tipped these, but they weren't been posted

22. combatmedic870

Posts: 982; Member since: Sep 02, 2015

And canon..

28. Martin_Cooper

Posts: 1774; Member since: Jul 30, 2013

Canon don't make sensors for mobile devices. Its completely different category than DSLR sensors.

2. NopeNein

Posts: 147; Member since: Feb 04, 2015

this is about the same as MediaTek to sell cpu business unit to Qualcomm.

9. legiloca

Posts: 1673; Member since: Nov 11, 2014

I need concrete evidence about this, never even read or heard about this.

12. NopeNein

Posts: 147; Member since: Feb 04, 2015

will be equal of* sorry for the confusion mate.

3. hanabi

Posts: 177; Member since: Oct 08, 2015

Samsung is no.2 at everything..

8. legiloca

Posts: 1673; Member since: Nov 11, 2014

Explain.

16. hanabi

Posts: 177; Member since: Oct 08, 2015

I shouldve said 'at least no.2 in everything' i was just impressed with their broad spectrum of business i knew they make memory display etc but no image sensor

18. ibend

Posts: 6747; Member since: Sep 30, 2014

yeah, they also make ships (cargo, cruise, and other huge ships), and various high tower in dubai, they even make ramen (in the past)

30. TSMan2

Posts: 363; Member since: Aug 20, 2015

Samsung is no.1 in many things . But still no.2 in some.

13. iushnt

Posts: 3035; Member since: Feb 06, 2013

U hope u wished u were No. 2 in everything in your life. Anyways, without being no. 2, how can Samsung be no. 1?

31. TSMan2

Posts: 363; Member since: Aug 20, 2015

Samsung is already no.1 in many things

4. zeeBomb

Posts: 2318; Member since: Aug 14, 2014

The Toshiba TKA47 or w/e its called on the HTC was decent. Also the one similar to the Asus Zenfone 2. Its sad to see them to sell their division to Sony.

6. zeeBomb

Posts: 2318; Member since: Aug 14, 2014

Buuuuut on the bright side, the HTC M10/MX will definitely have a better camera sensor (hopefully, they may lean but Omnivision but more decision making for em)

7. legiloca

Posts: 1673; Member since: Nov 11, 2014

Well thank God Toshiba quits, they're responsible for HTC's hideous camera thus ruining their reputation almost completely.

11. vincelongman

Posts: 5583; Member since: Feb 10, 2013

That was HTC's fault They already had terrible reputation in terms of cameras from the M7 and M8 anyways Nokia has amazing cameras made by Toshiba And the ASUS phones with Toshiba cameras aren't that bad either (for mid range phones)

20. Genza

Posts: 576; Member since: Mar 12, 2014

Yeah some Toshiba is the one who responsible for the notorious image in 808 &1020. HTC has no clue how to make great camera they using crappy low grade lens and even worst image processing than Sony.

26. Ashoaib

Posts: 3243; Member since: Nov 15, 2013

pureview 808 and lumia 1020 has custom made Toshiba sensors... it all depends on implementation, that how you implement it... samsung and lg implements Sony's sensor better than sony do in its own xperias... it is HTC's fault if they screw up HTC M9 camera

27. Genza

Posts: 576; Member since: Mar 12, 2014

The sensor maybe custom made but there is nothing special in it just like Sony image sensor in Samsung, LG & iPhone all of them are custom made but all of them also based on the latest Exmor RS technology. The truth is Sony still can't fully optimize their own sensor look at Nikon D810 vs Sony a7R both of them uses the same sensor but Nikon can do a better job than Sony.

14. iushnt

Posts: 3035; Member since: Feb 06, 2013

HTC always had option what to choose and what not to

15. dimas

Posts: 3235; Member since: Jul 22, 2014

Whenever I see the name toshiba, I always remember the s**tty TV my dad bought from them 2 years ago. Poor display, cranky volume buttons and poor body build. Sony, save the low ranked employees but let the brand die and marketing/design team jobless.

17. Busyboy

Posts: 731; Member since: Jan 07, 2015

Yeah, I've had a ton of bad luck with them too.

19. Genza

Posts: 576; Member since: Mar 12, 2014

Since both 808 and 1020 uses the image sensor from Toshiba i'm pretty sure all top of the line lumia flagship also using Toshiba sensor. Buying Toshiba image sensor bussines and build new smartphone factory it seems Sony doing really fine.

25. jojon

Posts: 421; Member since: Feb 11, 2014

all Pureview

29. Genza

Posts: 576; Member since: Mar 12, 2014

Not all because the Lumia 92x series use Sony sensor.

21. Djz89

Posts: 420; Member since: Aug 25, 2014

Good move by Sony!

23. Hexa-core

Posts: 2131; Member since: Aug 11, 2015

Let's see it Sony succeeds with that project of building new factory. haha

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