Elpida today announced that Kingston is going to make a 6 Billion Yen (approximately US$50 million) investment in Elpida Memory, in exchange for non-voting stock. Elpida is a big Japanese DRAM manufacturer.
"This investment shows Kingston's commitment to work with DRAM technology leaders such as Elpida," said David Sun, cofounder and COO of Kingston Technology. "Elpida's technology complements Kingston's strong memory product offering further enabling our capability to provide continuous volume commitments to all our global customers. We intend to continue our strategic relationship with Elpida, both as a consumer of their products and also as a module assembly and test sub-contractor."
"Kingston is an important solutions provider for the DRAM industry, and this investment marks another achievement in Elpida's strategic plan to grow our business," said Yukio Sakamoto, president of Elpida Memory. "Elpida plans to utilize a portion of the investment to increase production of leading-edge products such as DDR400 and DDR2 at its 300mm fab in Hiroshima, Japan."