The Tokyo-based electronics and entertainment company said last month it would sell to Toshiba its production facilities for making the "Cell" microprocessors and "RSX" graphic chips, both of which are used in its PlayStation 3 game gear.
While it is withdrawing from the joint R&D on technology, Sony said it would continue to work with Toshiba and International Business Machines Corp on design work for cutting-edge chips with 32-nanometre or narrower circuitry.
Got that? If IBM and Toshiba want to fight their way down to 32 nanometers, Sony will hold their coat while they do. And then rifle through their pockets when there's finally something to finally sell to the end user.