Starting in April 2016, Sony will take over Toshiba's semiconductor fabrication facility in Oita, Japan, which can ship up to 12,500 300mm wafers a month. Along with the Oita facility, Sony will take in all equipment and 1,100 employees who will now operate under Sony's own Semiconductor Corporation. The facility will focus "primarily for manufacturing CMOS image sensors."
"Toshiba has little choice but to carry out a sweeping reorganization of its presence in semiconductors. It has turned to Sony, which once sold a portion of its semiconductor operations in Nagasaki to Toshiba, only to buy it back later."
With Toshiba's Oita facility under its belt, Sony has considerably bolstered its profitable image sensor presence. Sony's high-grade image sensors make up almost 40% of the smartphone market, and can be found in everything from Apple's iPhones to Samsung's Galaxy line.