Sony Acquires Wii U DRAM Manufacturer

Sony has bought the Japanese factory responsible for producing the DRAM used in Nintendo's Wii U.

Sony has paid nearly $73 million for the entire Renesas Electronics semiconductor manufacturing plant in Tsuruoka, Japan. Once the transfer is completed around March 31st, the facility will become a wholly-owned subsidiary of Sony.

Renesas supplies Nintendo with the DRAM chips used in Wii U but Sony bought it seems that Sony is more interested its image sensors."As part of this strategy, Sony has been exploring opportunities to increase its production capacity for image sensors, a key component used in mobile products such as smartphones and tablets, for which increasing demand is anticipated," explained Sony in the acquisition announcement.

Nintendo is yet to comment on the purchase and Sony is yet to explain how and if it will impact Wii U manufacturing.

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