It was the chip to redefine computing and home entertainment, and put the PlayStation 3 (pictured) leagues ahead of its competition. But now Sony is looking to sell-off its much-vaunted Cell microprocessor, along with its entire LSI semiconductor division. A possible buyer is thought to be Toshiba, currently Japan’s biggest chip-maker. A sale would likely result in a new joint venture company between the two manufacturers.
The Cell microprocessor is at the heart of the PS3 and took three years and 200 billion Yen for Sony to develop. But with the PS3 still floundering and interest in the super-chip from other vendors low, the company is unlikely ever to make a return on its investment.