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Gets DRAM plant for $450 million

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Micron is to assume full control of its Japanese DRAM plant, after buying out its JV partner Kobe Steel for $450 million ($125 million cash and $325 million assumption of debt).

Following the transaction, Micron will become sole owner of KMT Semiconductor Ltd, a company in which it currently holds a 25 per cent stake.

As of 30 September, KMT had $750 million in assets, with a "carrying value" of $530 million. There are 900 employees.

KMT's plant currently implements Micron's 0.18 micron technology, and is prepping the conversion of its manufacturing process to 0.15 micron. ®

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