Fujitsu/Panasonic SoC co.: fabless, feckless or both?
Junko Yoshida, EETimes
4/4/2016 08:13 AM EDT
YOKOHAMA, Japan — Managing a 13-month old pre-IPO fabless company — saddled with 2,700 employees and seven disparate business units — isn’t a challenge for the faint of heart. The task gets almost impossible when the company is under government pressure to keep all its employees on the job.
The SoC chip vendor in question is Socionext in Japan.
Socionext, born in March, 2015, is the merger of two troubled LSI design teams — from Fujitsu and Panasonic. The company is 40-percent owned by Fujitsu, 20 percent by Panasonic and 20 percent by the Development Bank of Japan (DBJ).
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