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Sony Opens New Chip Plant in Japan

March 24, 2000

TOKYO (AP) _ Sony Corp.’s video game unit opened a new $654 million plant Friday to produce high-performance semiconductors for its popular PlayStation2 game machines.

The plant in Isahaya, 600 miles southwest of Tokyo, will exclusively produce graphics synthesizers, one of the core parts of the PlayStation2.

Sony plans to have shipped 1.4 million of the machines by the end of this month, a spokeswoman said.

The new console was launched in Japan March 4. The company plans to launch the system in the United States and Europe this fall.