Last Updated on 06th November 2023
US-based chip maker Micron will set up its production bases in Taiwan and Japan to manufacture advanced AI memory chips. Micron is mainly involved in manufacturing dynamic random access memory (DRAM) chips and High Bandwidth Memory (HBM) chips. HBM is a type of memory in which several DRAM chips are stacked together allowing fast data transmission. Advanced DRAM and HBM chips play a key role in enabling powerful generative AI computing applications such as ChatGPT and Bard. Micron is planning to invest around USD 3.6 billion in Japan.
Moreover, the company has already invested around USD 30 billion in Taiwan. Micron's largest production base for DRAM chips is located in Taiwan. Micron's president and CEO Sanjay Mehrotra stated that his company will expand its production of HBM as well as DRAM chips. Micron started mass production of its advanced 1-beta generation DRAM at its plant in Hiroshima last year. Taiwan will be the first location to make Micron’s next generation 1-gamma node DRAM, the company’s first generation of memory chips that will use Extreme Ultraviolet (EUV) technology in 2025.
Micron mainly wanted to compete with its South Korean counterparts like SK Hynix and Samsung. SK Hynix currently controls about 50 % of the global market for HBM, because of its long-time partnership with Nvidia. Samsung and Micron have a global market share of about 40% and 10 % respectively. Paced among the Global Top 10 Largest Semiconductor Companies, these three companies aim to boost HBM production to cater to the demand.
Micron is an American semiconductor company that specializes in the design, manufacture, and sale of computer memory and computer data storage, including dynamic random-access memory (DRAM), flash memory, and USB flash drives. It is headquartered in Boise, Idaho. Its consumer products, including the Ballistix line of memory modules, are marketed under the Crucial brand. Micron and Intel together created IM Flash Technologies, which produced NAND flash memory. Currently, Micron has Several semiconductor fabrication plant expansion projects underway in Japan and Taiwan. These include:
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