It appears Toshiba plays a big part in the Project Ara initiative and while we already knew they were making image sensors, there’s a new role for them now. The firm is partnering up with Google to also provide the electronic parts that are involved in the communication between modules and the chassis.
Toshiba was known for making camera modules to plug into the back of the Ara phone and judging by the sensor on the HTC One M9, they are doing a fine job. They are also working on other modules, like ones with wireless charging, NFC, flash memory and more. Toshiba is very much involved with making the chips that allow data and energy transfer between the handset’s exoskeleton and modules.
These modules and technology are in testing phase and they’re scheduled to launch in July 2015. A prototype will be shown in Puerto Rico this year, with a Toshiba camera module on board. The partnership with Google will last at least a year after the handset is released, by the way.