Japanese chipmakers ramp up output capacity

Some of Japan's major electronics companies are ramping up capacity to produce semiconductors amid a worsening global shortage. Japanese makers have expertise in areas such as image sensors and flash memory for smartphones.

Sony Group plans to invest nearly 6.4 billion dollars in facilities and equipment over three years through March 2024.

Sony has an edge in image sensors for smartphones.
It plans to expand its key factory in the southwestern prefecture of Nagasaki. It says it also wants to increase output of image sensors for vehicles.

Kioxia was spun out of Toshiba's memory-chip business.
It makes flash memory for smartphones and data centers. It's preparing to build a new plant in the northeastern prefecture of Iwate to produce the most cutting-edge products.