It was first reported back in August that the Renesas Electronics plant in the Yamagata Prefecture has been struggling and will be shutting down within the next couple of years. This plant produces the Nintendo Wii U's embedded DRAM chip, which is absolutely essential to the console. These financial woes are due in part to the Wii U's poor sales, as more than half of the plant's workload came from that chip alone. In an odd turn of events, reports came out this morning from Japan's Toyo Keizai and Nikkei Reuters, stating that Sony may be in talks with Renesas regarding the plant's future.
Sony purchasing this manufacturing plant could potentially save the jobs of the factory's 900 employees. Sony's interest in this company apparently stems from the plant's production of the CMOS sensors that Sony uses in their smartphones. Of course, with Sony's PlayStation 4 being one of the Wii U's biggest competitors, it only makes sense that fans would suspect an ulterior motive.
As of now, it is too early to tell what kind of ramifications this buyout could have on Nintendo's eighth generation console, if any. We'll have more on this story as it develops.