Salad days before us, say ageing chip vendors
By Joe Fay, 22 May 2014
Fujitsu left industry observers slightly non-plussed last week when it revealed it had converted former semiconductor clean rooms to into intensive hydroponic lettuce farms. Visitors to the firm’s customer forum in Tokyo last week expecting the usual show floor goody bags were presented instead with heads of the leafy green salad essential.
Fujitsu has chosen to make its variety very low in potassium. This makes it suitable for patients with kidney problems, who would otherwise have to avoid the salad. Toshiba, meanwhile, is targeting polyphenols and vitamin C with its herbaceous outpourings.
Fujitsu’s lettuce is being supplied to hospitals and patients in Japan, at a cost of around $3 a head. This compares to around $1 for regular lettuce in the country. Fujitsu was already shipping around 3,500 head a day, a source told us, giving it a current run rate of just under $4m a year.”