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Chipper chipmaker Micron shows off boosted bottom line – gee, thanks, Elpida

Memory chipmaker Micron Technology – still riding high on the announcement that its on-package memory will bolster Intel's "Knights Landing" processor – has announced what appear to be cheery results today. Its fiscal 2014 quarter revenues were $3.98bn, 3 per cent lower than the second quarter of fiscal 2014 but a whopping 72 …
Chris Mellor, 24 Jun 2014

Micron buys Apple supplier Elpida for $2bn, becomes world's No 2 DRAM baker

The chip firm from Boise, Idaho, has done well – Micron has finally closed its deal to buy bankrupt Japanese DRAM-maker Elpida. This means Micron is now the number two DRAM chip-maker in the world after Samsung. Elpida's plant in Hiroshima, Japan For around $2.5bn, Micron gets Elpida's 300mm DRAM fab and has also bought a 24 …
Chris Mellor, 01 Aug 2013
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Tokyo court says Micron can wed Elpida, birth world No.2 chipmaker

White knight Micron is close to winning the hand of its damsel in distress, Japanese chipmaker Elpida Technology: a Tokyo court has approved Micron's acquisition of Elpida and thrown out a rival proposal from a squad of Elpida bondholders. The stakeholders claimed that Micron's offer to rescue the bankrupt DRAMurai warrior was …

Will Elpida be gobbled by a rival or get a multi-billion cash jab?

A court in Tokyo has once again postponed the decision on whether to allow US firm Micron to slurp bankrupt DRAMmurai warrior Elpida Memory. Micron agreed to rescue the firm back in July, offering $2.5bn (¥200bn, £1.6bn) to take it over. But bondholders claim that the offer is totally unfair and doesn't value Elpida highly …
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Elpida stakeholders beg US courts: Stop Micron's cheap meal deal

Elpida bondholders trying to stop the sale of the wounded DRAMurai warrior to Micron have taken the fight to the US courts, claiming that the bankrupt Japanese firm has had "unauthorised" transactions in the States. Elpida went bankrupt in February and limped around looking for a white knight before US firm Micron eventually …
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Sugar daddies dangle fat wad to woo chip biz Elpida from Micron

A group of bondholders are offering ailing chip maker Elpida a loan of ¥30bn ($383m) to restructure instead of letting Micron take over. The loan deal is going to be presented in bankruptcy court in Tokyo today, a source whispered to Reuters. The bondholders don't like the plan for Micron to snap up the company for ¥200bn (£1. …
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Micron chucks down $2.5bn lifeline to Elpida

Micron is bidding $2.5bn for worn-out and failing DRAMurai starveling Elpida after SK Hynix and Toshiba walked away. Elpida is a bankrupt Japanese DRAM manufacturer that has fallen on hard times and is weighed down by $5.6bn debt. It has been searching for a white knight with a phased bid process. Toshiba and SK Hynix were …
Chris Mellor, 08 May 2012
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Bondholders: US firm's 'rescue' offer for Elpida is CHEAP

A group of Elpida Memory bondholders is trying to block the sale of the bankrupt DRAMurai to Micron because they claim the US firm isn't paying enough. The bondholders, who identify themselves as "multi-billion dollar Japanese and international investment funds", have filed with the Tokyo District Court to try to stop the sale …
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SK Hynix drops bid to buy bankrupt Elpida

South Korean firm SK Hynix said today that it won't be going ahead with a bid for bankrupt Japanese firm Elpida Memory because the deal would have been too expensive. "The Elpida deal would have been a huge financial investment," an SK Hynix spokesman told the Wall Street Journal. "To ease the financial burden, we had previously …
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Apple places massive DRAM order at Elpida plant - report

Apple has taken a punt on bankrupt Japanese DRAM manufacturer Elpida, placing orders for a whopping 50 per cent of the firm’s production of chips at its Hiroshima facility, according to Digitimes. Industry sources told the Taiwanese tech title that Cupertino is keen to source the DRAM chips from Elpida to power upcoming iPhone …
Phil Muncaster, 16 May 2012
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DRAM it: Elpida, Toshiba may hook up

Loss-making Japanese DRAM fab fabricator Elpida is reportedly in dire straights and being pushed into an alliance with disk drive and flash-maker Toshiba by the Japanese government, sources say. That's according to tipsters who spoke to Digitimes, saying that Elpida's public debt is in danger of not being repaid, effectively …
Chris Mellor, 03 Jan 2012
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Micron, Elpida, Nanya lust for a DRAM hot threesome

The boys from Boise are on a roll after buying the ashes of Virtensys last week - now Idaho-based Micron is chatting up struggling Japanese memory maker Elpida and Taiwan's Nanya to form a 3-way merger. Reuters reports that talks have reached the final stage. Elpida has not been raking in enough revenue to be either profitable …
Chris Mellor, 24 Jan 2012
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Toshiba decides not to pick over Elpida's corpse

Toshiba is reportedly no longer in the running to pick over the bones of bankrupt chipmaker Elpida Memory after it couldn't put together a joint bid with other firms. Sources close to the talks let Reuters know that Toshiba wouldn't be taking part in the second round of bidding on Friday this week after talks stalled with …

Micron's Elpida buy is GO for $2.5bn - and then there were three

Confirming previous reports, Micron is spending $2.5 billion to buy bankrupt and debt-ridden Japanese DRAM manufacturer Elpida and so double its DRAM market share to 24 per cent, second only to Samsung. This was reported by the Nikkei media outlet DRAMeXchange in Japan late last week. The report says that although some 70 per …
Chris Mellor, 02 Jul 2012
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Fallen DRAMurai warrior Elpida files for bankruptcy protection

Japanese chipmaker Elpida Memory filed for bankruptcy protection today after failing to find anyone willing to save it. Despite rumours that a number of suitors were interested in slurping a stake in the DRAM manufacturer, including Micron Technology and Toshiba, Elpida has had to apply to restructure its business under …
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Elpida denies half-a-BEEELLION-dollar Micron buy-in

Speculation, reports and rumour are swirling around Elpida like leaks from a failing US primary candidate's campaign room. The latest has Micron Technology spending half a billion bucks to buy into Elpida while that company announces its first Resistance RAM chip; proving its worth so to speak. The DRAM market is over-subscribed …
Chris Mellor, 30 Jan 2012
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Elpida aims to issue $1bn of paper to fund re-tooling

Elpida needs to raise nearly one billion dollars to fund a transition into making memory for smartphones and tablet PCs, relying less on PC DRAM in the future. Revenues from DRAM have fallen short of what's needed and Elpida will issue new shares and convertible bonds to pay for the direction change. It's a massive amount of …
Chris Mellor, 12 Jul 2011

Whew! 13-year-old lawsuit finally over, but it did smack our bottom line - Micron

Micron’s business is booming with first quarter 2014 revenues surging to $4.04bn. The quarter finished in 28 November and its revenues were "42 per cent higher compared to the fourth quarter of fiscal 2013 and 120 per cent higher compared to the first quarter of fiscal 2013". Net income wasn’t anywhere near as impressive at …
Chris Mellor, 08 Jan 2014
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Elpida hikes DRAM prices 20 per cent

The last time DRAM chip prices fell into a money pit, in 1999, the big four memory makers dug themselves out by working as a team over the next three years. OK, so it was price-fixing: understandable, but illegal. Samsung, Elpida, Hynix and Infineon were caught out - and in 2005 had to cough up $730m in fines. Later they dropped …
Drew Cullen, 31 Mar 2008
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Rambus versus Micron FINALLY OVER

One of the IT industry's “Bleak House” lawsuits, between Rambus and Micron, has finally wound up after 13 years. The battle of the DRAM makers dates back to an era when investors were just about to discover that their dotcom money was feeding an evanescent bubble. After funding the education of enough lawyers' children to fill …
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Bankrupt DRAMurai survivor seeks cash-laden Samsung rival

Japan's Nikkei paper is reporting (paywall) that Japan's sole and now bankrupt DRAM manufacturer, Elpida, is soliciting bids to rescue it from bankruptcy, with Micron and Intel identified as potential white knights for the stricken DRAMurai chip-maker. There will be a 2-stage bidding process, with round one this month followed …
Chris Mellor, 20 Mar 2012
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Samsung and SK Hynix shares slide on Apple snub

Shares in Samsung have fallen over 6 per cent on news that Apple preferred to place huge chip orders with bankrupt firm Elpida Memory. It was reported in Taiwan yesterday that Apple had booked up half of the mobile DRAM capacity at Elpida's plant in Hiroshima for future iPhones and iPads. Despite the multiple patent battles …

iPad Air BARES ALL, reveals she's a high maintenance lady

According to the teardown fanatics at iFixit, Apple's new iPad Air is twice as easy to repair as Microsoft's equally new Surface 2 – which received an as-low-as-you-can-go repairability rating of 1 out of a possible 10. Actually, it would be more accurate to say that the iPad Air is only one small step away from being as …
Rik Myslewski, 01 Nov 2013

Micron posts first quarterly profit for two YEARS

Hip hip hooray! Flash and memory fab operator Micron has made a quarterly profit, its first for eight quarters. Micron saw revenues of $2.3bn in its third fiscal 2013 quarter, ended 30 May 2013. This was agreeably larger than the previous quarter's $2.1bn and also the year-ago quarter's $2.2bn. Last quarter it made a loss of $ …
Chris Mellor, 20 Jun 2013
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NEC, Hitachi loosen Elpida ties

Elpida is to gain a measure of independence from co-founders NEC and Hitachi. By the end of September, its parents will have reduced their shareholdings to under 20 per cent and under 15 per cent, respectively. The scheme, announced yesterday, will see Elpida's formal fiscal connection with both parents severed. Its results …
Tony Smith, 31 Aug 2005

Micron 'fesses up: Yes, we plan to eat limping DRAMurai warrior

After months of speculation and rumours, Micron's acquisition of Elpida has finally been announced. The firm has now signalled its intention to buy Elpida for 200 billion yen ($2.5bn, £1.6bn). Here's the Micron statement: Micron … and Elpida Memory's … trustees announced today that the parties have signed a definitive sponsor …
Chris Mellor, 04 Jul 2012
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Elpida to mass-produce DDR 2 in August

Elpida will next month begin mass-producing DDR 2 SDRAM using its 100nm process, the company said today. First to fall off the production line will be DDR 2 chips designed for 533MHz and 667MHz operation. Intel's i925X, i915P and i915G chipsets, which offer DDR 2 support for mainstream desktop PCs, are believed to be capable of …
Team Register, 27 Jul 2004

Renesas rumours: Semi seeks $1.3bn stimulus, stiffs 12,000

Down-on-its-luck semiconductor biz Renesas Electronics announced today the first step of a rumoured restructuring plan that's believed to include 12,000 job cuts. Reports over the weekend suggested that Renesas could axe employees and look for a helping hand of up to ¥100bn ($1.3bn, £803m). The Japanese microcontroller maker is …
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Elpida samples 2GB DDR 2 module

Elpida has begun sampling 2GB DDR 2 SDRAM registered DIMMs - the first of its kind, the company claims. Aimed at servers and workstations, the modules are expected to go into mass production during Q2 2004, after Intel has released it upcoming DDR 2 chipsets 'Twin Castle' and 'Lindenhurst' for those platforms. To date, Intel …
Tony Smith, 04 Nov 2003
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Elpida touts 'first' 2Gb DDR 2 chip

Elpida has developed a 2Gb DDR 2 SDRAM chip - the highest capacity part of its kind, it claims. However, don't expect to get hold of one until next year. The 2Gb part is the company's first 80nm chip, a process that paves the way for DDR 2 clocked at 800MHz and up. It also allows the die to be fitted inside a typical 68-pin …
Tony Smith, 24 Jun 2005
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Kingston invests $50m in Elpida

Kingston Technology has paid Elpida ¥6 billion ($50.24 million) in exchange for non-voting stock, though neither company would say how much of a stake Kingston now has in the memory chip maker. As per the $100 million Intel invested in Elpida earlier this year, the Kingston cash injection will be used, in part, to boost DDR II …
Tony Smith, 19 Aug 2003
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Elpida preps low-amp DDR SDRAM for portables

Elpida has begun sampling 256Mb DDR SDRAM chips with a technology claimed to yield significant battery life benefits for notebooks and other portable devices. The technology, dubbed Super Self-refresh (SSR), adjusts the standard on-board self-refresh system according to the chip's operating temperature. At lower temperatures, …
Tony Smith, 14 Jan 2005
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NEC cedes Hiroshima fab control to Elpida

Elpida has taken control of NEC's Hiroshima fab and will spin the management operation off as a subsidiary company, Hiroshima Elpida, on 1 September. The central facility of the Hiroshima plant is its 200mm wafer production lines, which Elpida will lease from NEC - which, with Hitachi, is one of Elpida's parent companies. …
Tony Smith, 27 Aug 2003
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Elpida falls into red on weak DRAM prices

Elpida lost ¥3.30bn ($29.9m) on sales of ¥48.04bn ($434.8m) during Q1 FY2005, the memory maker said yesterday. It blamed its fall into the red on rapidly declining memory prices, which more than countered rising sales. The quarter's revenues were up 5.5 per cent on the year-ago period's ¥45.54bn ($412.2m). During June, Elpida …
Tony Smith, 22 Jul 2005
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Elpida samples 256Mb 800MHz DDR 2 chips

Elpida will begin shipping 800MHz 256Mb DDR 2 SDRAM chips in two months' time - the "industry's first" DDR 2 devices to reach 800Mbps operation - the memory maker said today. The chips will be available in 8- and 16-bit widths ready for incorporation into DIMMs. Elpida is sampling the 8-bit parts now, and expects to offer 16- …
Tony Smith, 22 Mar 2005
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Intel invests $23m more in Elpida

Elpida will receive a further ¥2.7 billion ($23 million) cash injection from Intel, the memory maker said yesterday. That figure expands the sum the chip giant has already sunk into Elpida to around ¥14.4 billion ($123 million) - all of it in return for non-voting stock. Elpida will use the money to ramp up production of DDR …
Tony Smith, 03 Sep 2003
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Samsung chips evicted from iPhone 5, autopsy reveals

Fans fed up of broken iPhone screens will be pleased to hear that the new model, the iPhone 5, makes it much easier to replace the glass panel placed on top of the smartphone's display. So say the gadget deconstructionists at iFixit.com after getting hold of the handset this morning Down Under. iFixit.com iPhone 5 takeapart …
Tony Smith, 21 Sep 2012
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Then there were 3: Micron slowly 'wipes out' NAND flash rivals

Hands up who thought Samsung was the world's leading flash shipper? Well, according to a Micron VP, it is his company that's the biggest shipper of NAND flash in the business, bigger than both Samsung and Hynix. Micron makes DRAM, NAND and NOR flash chips. Kipp Bedard, Micron's investor relations VP, told the Raymond James 34th …
Chris Mellor, 19 Mar 2013
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Elpida ships 1Gb DDR 2 chips

Elpida today began shipping 1Gb DDR 2 chips, just days after Micron said it too had begun offering 1Gb parts. Elpida is offering the chips on 2GB registered DIMMs. The company promised to make 4GB DIMMs and 2GB SO-DIMMs based on the 1Gb chip available "soon". The memory maker said the chips were produced at its 300mm …
Tony Smith, 11 Dec 2003
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Toshiba, Elpida prep 'industry's fastest' DRAM

Rival memory makers Toshiba and Elpida yesterday separately announced plans to ship XDR memory chips delivering "industry leading" performance in the second half of the year. Both said they were currently sampling 512Mb XDR DRAM parts, which operate at 3.2GHz to yield a data transfer rate of 6.4GBps - four times faster than 1. …
Tony Smith, 31 Mar 2005
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Elpida declares first annual profit

Elpida declared its first ever annual profit yesterday as it unveiled its fourth quarter results. For the three months to 31 March 2005, Elpida recorded revenues of ¥50.73bn ($480m), up 57.5 per cent on the year-ago quarter's ¥30.21bn ($286m). Net income went the other way, falling from a ¥490m ($4.6m) profit to a loss of ¥1. …
Tony Smith, 26 Apr 2005
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Elpida IPO raises $967m

Japanese memory maker Elpida IPO'd on the Tokyo stock exchange this morning, floating 32.6 per cent of the company. The company also posted its first ever half-yearly profit on surging sales. The 29.15m shares were launched at ¥3500 ($33) - just above the anticipated ¥3400 ($32) - and quickly rose to ¥3640 ($35). The flotation …
Tony Smith, 15 Nov 2004
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Elpida samples 256Mb mobile SDRAM

Memory maker Elpida has begun sampling is 0.11 micron 256Mb SDRAM chips for mobile systems. Elpida claims each chip consumes just 35 per cent of the power that a multi-chip package based on two 128Mb devices requires. The chip will be offered at operational voltages of 3.3V and 2.5V. The single-die device is half the size of …
Tony Smith, 16 Jun 2003
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Kingston approves Elpida 512Mb DDR 2

Kingston Technology's plan to sample DDR 2 DIMMs by the end of the year has moved a step closer to completion after the company gave the thumbs up to Elpida's 110nm 512Mb DDR 2 chips. The two companies today said unbuffered DIMMs built upon Elpida's memory had tested successfully for compliance with JEDEC standards. Having …
Tony Smith, 16 Sep 2003
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Elpida samples 4GB FB-DIMMs

Elpida has begun sampling 4GB fully-buffered memory modules, a preface to volume production later in the year, the company said today. The FB-DIMM is pitched at servers, and is based on technology developed by Intel but offered as an open standard. Instead of the usual parallel memory channel bus, in which every DIMM can be ' …
Tony Smith, 02 Aug 2005
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Elpida offers 800MHz 1Gb DDR 2 chip

Elpida has created what it claims is the world's first 800MHz DDR 2 SDRAM chip with a 1Gb capacity. The Japanese memory maker - which this month IPO'd on the Tokyo stock exchange - admits that the market is "not ready for such advanced products in applications today", but nonetheless if anyone wants 800MHz DDR 2 parts, it's …
Tony Smith, 19 Nov 2004
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Micron whips out new SSD, runs to data centre, yells: I'm GOING IN

Micron is going deeper into enterprise data centre SSD arena with its launch of a SAS version of its P400M SATA interface solid state disk. The mixture is pretty much as before - apart from the 6-gig SAS interface. The new P410M comes in 100, 200 and 400GB capacity points and uses the same 25nm NAND as the P400. It has the same …
Chris Mellor, 28 Feb 2013

Elpida licenses 'DVD on a chip' memory tech

Elpida has licensed a technology that applies the same technique used in rewriteable optical discs to non-volatile memory chips. Developed by Ovonyx, the system, dubbed Ovonic Universal Memory (OUM), uses a thin film of chalcogenide alloy, a material similar to the substance used in DVD- and CD-RW discs. In the optical world, …
Tony Smith, 04 Feb 2005
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Is SanDisk about to become the big daddy of enterprise flash?

The hottest enterprise flash products company these days is SanDisk, and it has a great chance of becoming the most important non-volatile memory supplier of all – the EMC of enterprise flash. There are four basic reasons: It has a thriving and growing enterprise flash business It has bought Fusion-io in May giving it a …
Chris Mellor, 04 Aug 2014
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Elpida punches out 1Gb 533MHz DDR II at 100nm

Elpida will next month begun sampling what it claims it's the world's fastest, most dense 100nm DDR II SDRAM chip. The 1Gb device is designed to operate at an effective bit rate of 533MHz. The memory maker views the news as a major thumbs-up for its 100nm process technology and its 300mm wafer fab. The company has received a …
Tony Smith, 09 Oct 2003