Micron Technology is now the second largest suppliers of mobile memory chips in the world after closing on a deal to purchase Japan-based Elpida. Terms of the deal, which has been in the works since mid-2012, weren’t publically disclosed although most estimate it’s valued at $2 billion.
Included in the deal are all of Elpida’s assets which consist of a DRAM fabrication facility in Hiroshima, Japan, and a 65 percent stake in Rexchip, another memory company with a DRAM fabrication facility in Taiwan. Furthermore, Elpida owned 100 percent of Akita Elpida Memory with an assembly and test facility in Akita, Japan.
In a statement on the matter, Micron noted Elpida has built a strong presence in mobile DRAM using advanced technologies to target mobile phones and tablets. Truer words were never spoken as Elpida is one of Apple’s key suppliers, having sourced chips for Cupertino’s iPhone and iPad for quite some time. More recently, the company supplied memory for Google’s just-released second generation Nexus 7 tablet.
Micron now has the ability to produce more than 185,000 300mm wafers each month, effectively boosting their current manufacturing capacity by 45 percent.
Even before the acquisition, Micron was already a big player in the memory game as they currently market various flash, DRAM and solid state drive products under the Lexar and Crucial brands – names that are likely familiar with photo and desktop enthusiasts, respectively.
Read expert reviews, pros & cons, and product information about Crucial Micron SSD RealSSD M4 C400 128GB MLC SATA600. There are 9 reviews available so far.
The M500 is the successor of Crucial's M4. It uses Micron’s latest 20-nanometer multilevel cell (MLC) NAND flash technology and can deliver up to 80,000 IOPS with sequential read and write speeds topping out at 500 MB/s and 400 MB/sec. The drives also incorporate TCG Opal 2.0 + IEEE 1667, 256-bit AES hardware encryption and is available in 120GB, 240GB, 480GB and 960GB capacities.
The RealSSD C400 represents a mild performance gain over last year's C300 during light workloads, it's handily dispatched by competing drives from OCZ and Intel when it comes to heavy multitasking, but that's okay if the C400's price reflects its inferior performance and it does -- there's nothing wrong with delivering an entry-level product.
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