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Sharp plans to sell semiconductor business
2024-05-16

Recently, Japanese panel giant Sharp released its financial report, which showed a net loss of 152 billion yen in the previous quarter due to recognized impairment losses in its panel business. Sharp announced that the 10th generation panel factory (SDP) in Tujie City, which produces large-sized LCD panels for television, will cease production before the end of September, while production of small and medium-sized LCD panels will be reduced and consideration will be given to selling the camera module business and semiconductor business units such as sensors.


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Public information shows that Sharp has been entering the semiconductor industry since 1970, starting with large integrated circuits (LSIs) used in electronic computers. Up to now, Sharp has strong technical capabilities in optics, camera lens modules, image sensing ICs, panel driver ICs, and red light lasers.


In 2016, Sharp was acquired by Hon Hai Group due to SDP's long-term operational difficulties. At that time, the industry speculated that one of the important reasons for Hon Hai's acquisition of Sharp was its ownership of an 8-inch wafer factory. In 2019, Sharp split its electronic device business and laser business into two newly established subsidiaries, Sharp Fukuyama Semiconductor and Sharp Fukuyama Laser. It is reported that Sharp Fushan Semiconductor Company is responsible for the semiconductor and semiconductor application device/module business, optoelectronic device business, high-frequency device and high-frequency wave application module business.


As a global foundry, Hon Hai Group's intention to enter the semiconductor industry chain is very clear. In addition to its existing Sharp wafer factory, Hon Hai has subsequently invested in companies in multiple fields such as semiconductor IC design, packaging, equipment, materials, etc.


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