Although they inked a 5-year deal
back in January 2006, Sony is bailing on at least part of its commitment to the development of chips with 32-nanometer (or less) circuitry. The research required to developed the manufacturing technology now rests squarely on the shoulders of Toshiba and IBM. A move which certainly makes sense now that Tosh has manufacturing responsibility
for Sony's Cell processor. Sony will continue to assist with "the design work" and making post-lunch runs to Starbucks.