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Micron wants to form big DRAM alliance

Posted on Friday, January 16 2009 @ 00:47:08 CET by

DigiTimes reports Micron is hoping to form an alliance to unite DRAM makers from the US, Japan and Taiwan. The alliance would include Micron, Elpida and Nanya as three parent companies and Inotera Memories, Powerchip Semiconductor Corporation (PSC), Rexchip Electronics, ProMOS Technologies and Winbond Electronics as five sibling companies.
Since Nanya has been cooperating with Micron on developing processes smaller than 50nm since the beginning of 2008, Micron has promoted Nanya as a parent company in its plans, while Inotera was selected to be the leader of the five sibling companies.

The three parent companies' major task would be to provide technologies and funding, while the five sibling companies would focus on DRAM production. The plans would separate global DRAM players into either Korea-based and non-Korea-based groups.

However, both Japan and Taiwan's DRAM makers believe execution of the plan will be very difficult, while Elpida and Micron will have to reach an agreement before any further moves can be carried out.



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