Taiwan Becomes Micron’s Major DRAM Production Base as Micron Said to Increase Investment in Taiwan with a New Packaging and Testing Plant for 3D Memory

6 Dec

Dust has settled down on the long-awaited acquisition between leading US DRAM vendor Micron and Taiwanese Inotera Memories. Inotera Memories will be delisted from the Taiwan Stock Exchange on December 6 and Micron will make an official announcement on the merger of Inotera Memories at a celebration ceremony on December 12. It is also said that that Micron will announce plans to increase investment in Taiwan by building a DRAM packaging and testing plant.

Inotera Memories will complete transfer of shares on December 6, becoming Micron’s wholly-owned subsidiary and delisting from the Taiwanese stock market. A celebration ceremony, hosted by Micron CEO Mark Durcan, will be held in Taiwan on December 12. According to Taiwanese media Economic Daily News, Micron is likely to announce plans to construct a DRAM packaging and testing plant in Central Taiwan Science Park as part of its attempt to increase investment in Taiwan after acquiring Inotera Memories for a whopping NT$130 billion. The report also says the new plant will be led by Mike Liang, former President of Amkor Technology Taiwan.

Inotera Memories migrated to 20nm process technology in the first half of 2016; therefore, it will become Micron’s first production facility adopting the most advanced manufacturing process. Besides standard memory and memory for servers, Inotera Memories also produces LPDDR4 DRAM for mobile devices. Taiwan will undoubtedly become Micron’s major production base for DRAM.

This will also be the first time that Micron establishes a packaging and testing plant for 3D memory overseas. The plant is projected to produce 3D XPoint memory jointly developed by Micron and Intel.

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