The crossover of the ICT/semiconductor field and the medical equipment sector has emerged as a prominent theme. The medical equipment industry is on a steady, long-term, growth trajectory, whereas the electronic device industry, a plaything of fluctuating demand, is a veritable roller coaster in comparison. The dependable, expanding world of medical equipment is an inviting prospect for companies in the electronics industry.
Sony Corp. is negotiating with Renesas to buy its Tsuruoka 300mm wafer fab and envisages converting it to image sensor fabrication, media reported.
Panasonic Corp. and Tesla Motors have reached an agreement whereby Panasonic will increase its supply of automotive-grade lithium-ion battery cells to Tesla. Under this agreement updating and expanding the companies' 2011 arrangement, Panasonic is to supply almost 2 billion cells over the four years from 2014 to 2017.
Fujitsu Ltd., Fujitsu Semiconductor Ltd., and Transphorm, Inc., a California-based gallium nitride (GaN) power devices developer and supplier, today announced that they have reached an agreement whereby Fujitsu Semiconductor and Transphorm will integrate their GaN power devices for the power supplies business.
Panasonic Corp. intends to sell its three major wafer fabs to Tower Jazz by next March, the end of this fiscal year, Nikkei reported and other media followed with no additional information.