Sony to buy Nintendo DRAM manufacturing plant for ¥7 billion – rumour

Tuesday, 28th January 2014 10:07 GMT By Dave Cook

Sony is reportedly in the final stages of acquiring the semiconductor plant that currently produces Nintendo’s DRAM chip, currently found within Wii U consoles. The deal is said to be worth ¥7 billion.


It follows reports that Nintendo is gearing up to take its first step into mobile gaming. Hit the link for details.

Reporting on an NHK story, DualShockers notes that the rumoured take over of the plant – based in Tsuruoka, Yamagata prefecture and currently owned by Renesas Electronics – has been expected for some time.

After acquiring the plant, Sony is expected to invest a further ¥20 billion into the operation, and will reportedly absorb some existing staff as part of the deal. At present, the plant manufacturers several components, including the Wii U’s DRAM chip, but reports suggest that Sony will us the site to boost its CMOS smartphone sensor output by 30%.

Nintendo is yet to comment on the reported acquisition, and hasn’t confirmed a new manufacturing partner as yet, but alleged stockpiles of the DRAM chip are said to act as a buffer against any shortage.

We’ll have confirmation of the above as soon as we hear it. With Sony and Nintendo’s financial reports looming, we may hear sooner rather than later.

What do you think?



  1. CyberMarco

    So, who is dooming the most?

    #1 11 months ago
  2. Dragon

    Wii U dooooomed!
    Joking :P

    Its just a vendor. Sonys camera sensor biz is industry leading with almost every big smartphone companies using their sensors. No wonder they need to increase their capacity.

    #2 11 months ago
  3. Hyperx64

    Geez, that’s $77, 517, 226 dollars & 87 cents Australian! :P

    #3 11 months ago
  4. Hyperx64

    Geez, that’s $77, 517, 226 dollars & 87 cents Australian!

    #4 11 months ago
  5. mistermogul

    Where’s ps3fanboy these days? I quite miss his “Wii-utanic” comments!

    #5 11 months ago
  6. Cobra951

    It does at least say that Nintendo needs it less than 7 billion yen. Why it doesn’t need it so much anymore, well, let the doomsaying begin. Obvious speculation about ramping down WiiU production is obvious.

    #6 11 months ago
  7. Cobra951

    Test — My comment isn’t posting

    #7 11 months ago

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