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Toshiba's Discrete Semiconductor Products Strategy

Toshiba (TOKYO:6502) aims for stable business expansion by providing discrete devices in growth markets.

The business environment is changing, and markets for smartphone, tablet PC, wireless base stations and data centers are expanding, automobile are becoming more intelligent, new energy sources, such as wind power, are expanding, primarily in emerging countries, and energy efficiency is emphasized more than ever in industry.

Small-signal device and OPTO device

Small-signal and OPTO devices, the foundation products of the business, have seen strong demand since last year. Every site, Toshiba Semiconductor (Thailand) Co., Ltd. (TST), which moved location after the Thai floods, is operating at full capacity. Our photo couplers, OPTO devices, have held the world No.1 share for four consecutive years. We aim for further productivity improvements from expanding TST, expanding the product line-up in high value-added areas, mainly in the industrial market, and to expand business by responding to market changes and expansions.

Power Devices

MOSFETs are a focus product, and we will support customers by exerting comprehensive strengths in respect of performance, quality and supply capacity to meet industrial market in China, which is expected to see market expansion, and market of strong Japanese automotive manufacturers. We have already won orders of next-generation automotive products. We will continue to advance the capacity of the 200mm line in Kaga Toshiba Electronics and to provide solutions to customers.

Furthermore, as next-generation products using new materials responding diverse market needs, we will launch up SiC devices for high voltage and high frequency field, GaN power devices for super high frequency filed, applied GaN on Si technology for white LED. We will also collaborate with the in-house system companies. We will lead expanding market in the future.

Toshiba Discrete Semiconductor Business will anticipate future demands to achieve business growth in the global market.

About Toshiba

Toshiba Corporation, a Fortune 500 company, channels world-class capabilities in advanced electronic and electrical product and systems into five strategic business domains: Energy & Infrastructure, Community Solutions, Healthcare Systems & Services, Electronic Devices & Components, and Lifestyles Products & Services. Guided by the principles of The Basic Commitment of the Toshiba Group, “Committed to People, Committed to the Future”, Toshiba promotes global operations towards securing “Growth Through Creativity and Innovation”, and is contributing to the achievement of a world in which people everywhere live in safe, secure and comfortable society.

Founded in Tokyo in 1875, today’s Toshiba is at the heart of a global network of over 590 consolidated companies employing over 200,000 people worldwide, with annual sales surpassing 6.5 trillion yen (US$63 billion).
To find out more about Toshiba, visit www.toshiba.co.jp/index.htm

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