For around 7 billion US dollars, a factory is to be built in the Kumamoto prefecture in western Japan in cooperation between Sony and the Taiwanese contract manufacturer TSMC. For TSMC, it would be the first such facility in Japan.
The building land for the planned factory is already owned by Sony, writes Tech Power Up. Image sensors are already being produced nearby.
Image sensors and processors as well as chips for electric cars are also likely to be built in the new facility.
The supplier Denso, who specializes in automotive electronics and automotive mechatronics, is being discussed as a further possible partner. The company is closely associated with Toyota. According to Nikkei, the Japanese government is considering subsidies of around half the cost.
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In return, there could possibly be an arrangement that the factory would primarily supply the Japanese auto industry with its chips.
The magazine Apple Insider also points out the close connections between Apple and TSMC and suggests that chips for an Apple car could possibly also be built in the plant – but so far there has only been speculation about the car.