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U.S.-based Micron could become a major supplier of memory chips to Apple when it completes the purchase of Japan-based Elpida.
Micron may become a major supplier of memory chips to Apple if it completes the purchase of Japan-based Elpida, the third-largest memory chip manufacturer.
Micron, one of the last holdouts, settles over DRAM memory patents. The deal includes Elpida, a major supplier to Apple.
Company will no longer be counted as an affiliate of the world's fifth-largest DRAM chipmaker.
Because of the downturn in semiconductor sales, Elpida Memory will postpone opening a plant for producing 300-millimeter silicon wafers. While construction on the company's Hiroshima plant will continue, equipment installation will be delayed from December 2001 to September 2002, the company announced. The 300-millimeter wafers, compared with today's 200-millimeter wafers, allow semiconductor makers to produce more chips for less. The first 300-millimeter production plants are expected to come online next year. Elpida was established in December 1999 as a joint venture between memory company between NEC and Hitachi.
Elpida, the fifth largest DRAM maker in the world, takes out its checkbook and enters talks to bolster its manufacturing capacity in the shaky memory market.