X-bit Labs writes Elpida may try to merge with Toshiba or Micron to ensure its survival:
In a bid to survive on the market of dynamic random access memory, Elpida Memory, which has to pay over $1.4 billion in April, 2012, the company may try to merge with its rivals. A possible combination will include Elpida, Micron and Toshiba, which has all chances to become the largest DRAM makers in the world, according to DRAMeXchange, a division of TrendForce.
Heading into the end of 2011, Elpida’s financial difficulties were revealed. Rumors abounded, not only of Elpida seeking a bailout from the Japanese government, but also of Toshiba stepping up to take over. If this rumor is true, Elpida will be the first maker to fall in the harsh DRAM winter.