Toshiba lets go of semis, looks to memory chips

Toshiba is talking to Samsung and others about outsourcing its advanced large-scale integration chips because it can’t bear the thought of the financial squeeze of investing in new fabs.

Following on from yesterday’s news that it wants to flog Nagasaki’s fab back to Sony, it seems Toshiba is intent on reorganising while pinching those all important pennies in the new year. 

Kyodo news summary reckons that chip production will go to Samsung Tokyo. Toshiba’s semiconductor business has been largely unprofitable in recent years.

It will instead focus on design for LSI chips rather than production.

It still has its eye on chips. Toshiba wants to spend its dough on the growing memory chip industry as smartphones continue to swell.