Sony announced today they will invest 60 billion Japanese yen or $492 million during the next two years in Sony's Kumamoto Technology Center (Kumamoto TEC) Fab 2 facility to reinforce its existing image sensor fabrication capacity and extend its work space by 5,000 m².

"Kumamoto TEC has continued to expand its operations as Sony's principle facility for the fabrication of imaging devices, such as the CCDs, CMOS sensors and micro-display devices that are Sony's strengths. In particular, demand for CMOS sensors has demonstrated rapid growth in recent years. In view of this, Sony is enhancing production operations for this market, with mass production having already commenced at Fab 2's existing 5,000m² facility in Spring this year."