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Unity Semi finds new partner in Micron

Posted: 24 Jan 2011 ?? ?Print Version ?Bookmark and Share

Keywords:next-generation memory? CMOx? passive rewritable crosspoint memory array?

Micron Technology Inc. is set to rescue beleaguered next-generation memory developer Unity Semiconductor, sources revealed.

Ousting its CEO recently, Unity is now shifting from a fab to an intellectual-property model, according to reports. The company has reportedly been on the lookout for a buyer. Meanwhile, sources claim its fab partnership with Fujitsu Ltd has been called off.

Alan Niebel, president of Web-Feet Research, said Unity has found a new partner in Micron. Under the terms, Micron has signed a ''two-year'' deal with Unity, he said.

Micron will make a small investment in Unity, Niebel said. Unity will have access to Micron's 300mm fabs, he added.

A spokesman for Micron declined to comment. With the reported deal, Micron is backing another next-generation memory type. After buying Numonyx last year, Micron assumed the development of Numonyx' phase-change memory (PCM) line, which is having difficulties in ramping up.

Niebel said Micron was supposed to have a 1Gbit PCM by the end of 2010, ''but where is it?''

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