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Sony Corp. and Toshiba Corp. will jointly develop processing and design technology for producing system large-scale integrated circuits with widths of 0.07 micron to 0.1 micron, the two announced Thursday.

Development will commence later this month at Toshiba Advanced Microelectronics Center in Isogo, Yokohama, and continue until the end of fiscal 2003, with an investment of about 15 billion yen.

A team of 130 engineers from the two companies will be assembled for the joint project.

A Sony spokesman said the new technology would be used in consumer audiovisual equipment, possibly including digital television sets.

“The thinner the width of an electronics circuit of a system LSI, the speedier and less power-consuming the microchip,” he said.

A micron is 0.001 mm.

System LSIs, which group several semiconductor chips, each with different functions such as sound control and image processing, are used in the manufacture of high-performance products.

Sony and Toshiba said the audiovisual industry needs to develop ever speedier system LSIs that minimize power consumption.

The new circuit technology will enable the two companies to make more advanced system LSIs and could be applied to mobile devices, they said.

Kyoden alliance deal

Kyoden Co., an electronic product prototype provider, and Flextronics International Ltd. of Singapore, have agreed to cooperate in sales and development in electronics manufacturing services, the two companies said Thursday.

Kyoden, based in Nagano Prefecture, and Flextronics, a manufacturing service provider primarily for original equipment manufacturers, will set up under Kyoden a joint sales unit that will focus mainly in Japan.

Flextronics’ worldwide production facilities will be made available to Kyoden to allow it to extend its mass production capability.

The two will also cooperate in meeting orders from new jointly cultivated customers, and in sharing information on each other’s development, design and procurement.

“Flextronics is very impressed with Kyoden’s reputation in the Japanese market,” said Ash Bhardwaj, president of Flextronics Asia Pacific. “This alliance further strengthens our efforts to take advantage of the rapidly growing outsourcing opportunities in the region.”

Kyoden Chairman Hiroshi Hashimoto said: “By working with Flextronics, Kyoden will have more options available in its outsourcing value chain activities that will enable us to continue to effectively support our customers with a complete spectrum of supply chain services.”

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