Intel sells flash factories to Micron for $600M

In return, Micron will boost its output of NAND flash to Intel

As part of an expanded partnership deal, Intel has agreed to sell its stake in two flash wafer factories to Micron for approximately $600 million --the book value of Intel's share. In exchange, Micron has agreed to supply Intel with NAND flash memory from its facilities.

In 2005, Intel and Micron announced a joint memory-manufacturing venture , IM Flash Technologies (IMFT). IMFT currently produces NAND flash chips with circuitry as small as 20 nanometers in width.

The expanded partnership agreement is aimed at "improving the efficiency of the joint venture."

The wafer factories being sold to Micron are IM Flash Singapore and IMFT's assets in Manassas, Va.

The IMFT joint venture NAND manufacturing facility in Lehi, Utah will continue to operate with minimal changes to operations, the companies said.

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