Sony’s plan for world domination: buy Toshiba image sensor business

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Reuters reports that Sony is about to purchase Toshiba's image sensor business:

"Toshiba Corp is nearing a deal to sell its image sensor business to Sony Corp as part of a restructuring plan laid out by Chief Executive Masashi Muromachi earlier this year, the Nikkei reported on Friday."

Nikkei writes:

"Toshiba's global market share in CMOS sensors came to just 1.9% last year, compared with 40.3% for Sony, according to Tokyo-based Techno Systems Research. Sony's investments in this business will help it fend off rising competition from Samsung Electronics."

Few weeks ago Sony spun-off its image sensor business into a new company.

Last month Sony's CEO emphasized the importance of their imaging sensor business.

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  • Michal Rosa

    Yay, like 3% of the PC market belongs to Toshiba. World dominance indeed.

    • we are not talking about PCs but sensors

      • 4357890765

        true…. but 170 million dollar does not sound as toshiba has much to sell.

    • J-Man

      In the future, you may want to read the article before you comment on it…. Just saying.

  • Spy Black

    Not good.

    • J-Man

      I agree, competition is better for the consumer.

  • CaMeRa QuEsT

    Is this Sony’s way to deny Nikon and Ricoh the use of their latest sensors? That will really kill them…

    • orpickanamo

      Well, I want a Nikon with Sigma Foveon anyway.

      • true

        sigma forever alone?

        • orpickanamo


          FOreVEr the ONe! 🙂

    • that’s why I labeled this post as “world domination” 🙂

  • fjfjjj

    This is anticompetitive. I hope some regulators get involved.

    • Eric Calabros

      Japan, wants to be leader in the World’s imaging sensor industry, rivaling South Korea, Taiwan and China. they don’t care if it needs to kill competition in house. They want Samsung Mobile buy Japanese camera sensor instead of their own made one, as it happened again in Galaxy S6

  • I don’t see why they’d want to? It would be like Apple buying Huawei.

    • Mike Gordon

      Market share !

  • AYWY

    Who else does sensors now? I know Canon does them in-house, Nikon only for their Dx sensors. Leica get theirs either from unnamed source or in-house. Does Samsung produce sensors?

    • Jeffry De Meyer

      aptina, canon, sony, samsung, toshiba off the top of my head.

      Dongbu is said to make the sensor sigma uses.
      Panasonic also does cmos sensors.

      There probably are quite a few more but none that I can think of that make sensors big enough to be relevant in photography.

    • El Aura

      The high-ISO, lower-res Nikon FF cameras have also Nikon-designed sensors (D3, D3s, D4).

  • Less competition means bad things to us. Sony always was an evil company. I am sure they will find how to turn this success against us.

    • true

      memory stick .. never forget

  • 4357890765

    ah sorry but 170 million dollar does not sound as toshiba has much to sell.


    So, Sony sensors + Toshiba sensors = New Company. No anticompetitive laws apply to a new entity.

  • C. Ryan

    I really don’t see this as a big deal, it’s a relatively small acquisition to support an increase in sensor production. It’s always cheaper and more expedient to buy an existing facility then build from scratch. Toshiba is restructuring and decided to sell off the sensor business which was probably showing little or no profit. World domination? Hardly, just a smart business move by Sony.

  • TinusVerdino

    Sony is already dominant as it has 40.3% of the market (mainly phone sensors). Toshiba has only 1.9% So hardly a major shift for Sony. (source: )

  • true

    Sonny-san no sorry

  • outkasted

    I guess the canon fanboys are cringing….welcome into the fold and get you some DR while ya at it …lmao

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