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Apple May Invest Billions of Dollars In Toshiba's Memory Chip Business (bloomberg.com) 27

Toshiba shares recovered after Japan's national broadcaster reported that Apple is considering an investment of several billion dollars in its semiconductor unit, raising the prospect that the struggling electronics conglomerate will get a much-needed cash infusion. From a report: Toshiba has put its memory chips business up for sale to make up for a writedown of 716.6 billion yen ($6.56 billion) in its U.S. nuclear equipment operations. One option being considered is an investment accompanied by Toshiba holding shares, so that a majority of the semiconductor unit will be held by U.S. and Japanese interests, satisfying the respective governments, NHK said.

Apple May Invest Billions of Dollars In Toshiba's Memory Chip Business

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  • Where is mdsolar when you need him?
    • by HiThere ( 15173 )

      Actually, the main problem here is fraud, but it's true that the high investment costs of nuclear power plants are a huge contributing factor. But that's so blatant in this case that it hardly needs anyone pointing it out.

  • by Osgeld ( 1900440 ) on Friday April 14, 2017 @10:27AM (#54234299)

    so how serious is this?

    These things is why I hate the market, its a bunch of itchy crackheads reacting on hearsay and rumor

    • so how serious is this?

      These things is why I hate the market, its a bunch of itchy crackheads reacting on hearsay and rumor

      Speaking of itchy crackheads reacting on hearsay and rumor: http://s3.amazonaws.com/armstr... [amazonaws.com]

    • That's really just people in general though. Sports fans have their excitement rise and fall with trade rumors, political groups adjust plans based on poll numbers and election forecasts, legal departments may adjust recommendations just on the prospects of a lawsuit. Reacting to new information is rational.

      If you believe that Apple talking with a company increases the likelihood of a deal being made, and if you believe that deals being made increase the value of a company, then you have to assign more v
  • by Solandri ( 704621 ) on Friday April 14, 2017 @01:51PM (#54235631)
    Toshiba is the #2 flash memory manufacturer [statista.com]. Samsung is #1. If Toshiba goes under, Samsung dominates the NAND industry with close to 50% market share (even more for high-speed NAND), and can start to dictate pricing to companies which need to buy large quantities of NAND - like Apple. So it's in Apple's best interest to make sure Toshiba stays around and kicking and manufacturing NAND.
    • Toshiba is the #2 flash memory manufacturer [statista.com]. Samsung is #1. If Toshiba goes under, Samsung dominates the NAND industry with close to 50% market share (even more for high-speed NAND), and can start to dictate pricing to companies which need to buy large quantities of NAND - like Apple. So it's in Apple's best interest to make sure Toshiba stays around and kicking and manufacturing NAND.

      Excellent point!

  • Soon to come: DRM chips in commodity memory modules that prevent them from being used in non-Apple hardware.

  • by Anonymous Coward

    After what Apple did to GT Advanced, Toshiba better get it in writing,

    http://www.reuters.com/article/us-gt-advanced-tech-bankruptcy-apple-idUSKBN0IR2G220141107

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