Sony is set to outsource some of its imaging sensor production to Fujitsu in a move designed to cut costs, according to an unconfirmed report in a Japanese newspaper.

The article, published in Kyodo News and subsequently reported by the Reuters news agency, claims that Fujitsu will make CMOS sensors for Sony cameras to help reduce production costs in the face of stiff competition.

However, the finishing work of the sensors will be carried by Sony, sources are quoted as saying.

?Sony chose Fujitsu because it did not want to share its state-of-the-art technology with foreign competitors,? states the article.

Sony and Fujitsu?s UK offices were not immediately available to comment on the report at the time of writing.

Fujitsu claims to be the world?s third largest IT services provider.