Technology: Japan quakes disrupt Sony production of image sensors used in Apple iPhone
Electronics giant Sony Corp said a factory producing image sensors for smartphone makers will remain closed while it assesses the damage from two deadly earthquakes which hit southern Japan. One of its major customers is Apple, which uses the sensors in its iPhones.
Sony said it will extend the closure of its image sensor plant in Kumamoto, which is in the southern island of Kyushu, after major tremblors on Thursday and Saturday rocked the key manufacturing region.
The PlayStation maker said operations at its image sensor plant in Nagasaki, also in Kyushu, will be partially suspended and it does not yet have a timeline for full resumption of operations.
Sony controls about 40% of the market for complementary metal-oxide semiconductor (CMOS) image sensors, a type of integrated circuit that converts light into electrical signals. In smartphones they are used to convert images into digital data.
“We are not expecting any immediate supply disruption as we have some inventories right now,” a Sony spokesman told Reuters on Saturday. “We will make an announcement promptly if any supply issues emerge.”
He said the company was hoping to resume operations as soon as aftershocks end, and would probably provide an update on late Monday afternoon. Read More