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June 7, 2007 – Sony Corp. yesterday announced it will for the next three years boost image sensor production, investing a total of ¥60 billion ($494 million USD), to accelerate growth in its digital still camera and mobile phone markets.
Through Sony’s semiconductor division, Kumamoto Technology Center in Japan, the company plans to continue to expand production of micro-display devices, CCDs, and particularly CMOS sensors to meet increasing demand.
"Sony is positioning image sensors as a key focus area of its semiconductor business," stated a company release yesterday. "Through the reinforcement of this facility, Sony will strengthen supply and provide the platform for further image sensor business growth."
Mass production of image sensors began in the spring.