Asia Times has reported that Sony plans to invest around ¥50 billion ($480 million) to build a new center, which will accommodate new machinery designed for the production of CMOS image sensors for camera phones. The new facility, at the Kumamoto Technology Center, is expected to be operational by spring 2006. Sony already leads the world in CCD production and this investment suggests it wants a large share of the low power CMOS sensor market.

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