Chinese eye up Sandisk and Toshiba

Samsung DRAMA report said that state owned Tsinghua Unigroup, which alread owns a 15 percent stake in Western Digital, has its eyes set on other acquisitions too.

Tsinghua has already attempted to take over US DRAM manufacturer Micron, but a takeover is probably out of the question. However, according to a report in Digitimes, it will try and take a 10 to 20 percent stake in Micron instead.

Sandisk and Toshiba, which both make NAND flash technology, are both being eyed up by Tsinghua, according to the sources.

One problem with taking a stake in Micron is that its technology apparently uses patents licensed from third parties. But that wouldn’t happen if it managed to take over Toshiba’s flash technology and Sandisk’s.

The Chinese government has a five year plan to create its own semiconductor industry for storage, including hard drives, DRAM and NAND flash memory.

Sandisk, Toshiba and Micron haven’t commented on the report, which you can read here.