Sony to acquire Nintendo’s DRAM manufacturer – report

A Japanese news channel is claiming that Sony is lining up a 7bn acquisition of a Renesas Electronics semiconductor plant.

This is of note because the site currently produces the DRAM chips found in Nintendo’s Wii U.

DualShockers reports that Sony is prepared to invest a further 20bn into the site following completion of the deal and will absorb an unspecified percentage” of the existing staff.

The factory will be used to manufacture CMOS sensors for smartphones, meaning Nintendo will have to find an alternative source for its DRAM – although it is understood that it has sizable stocks of the component” and had already readied for the closure of the plant prior to Sony’s proposed move.

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