Memory chip maker Micron Technology will shut its DRAM chip designing operations in Shanghai by the end of this year, the company confirmed late on Wednesday, January 26.
In a statement given to Reuters, the company said that it will close its DRAM Engineering Group from its Shanghai Design Center over the next year, with completion expected by December 2022.
The company added that the center would focus on developing NAND and SSD technology moving forward.
The South China Morning post, citing industry sources, said that 150 Chinese engineers at the site will be asked to relocate to the United States or India.
Micron makes NAND memory chips that serve the data storage market as well as DRAM chips that are widely used in data centers, personal computers, and other devices.
Semiconductors have been at the heart of US-China tensions and the United States has been looking to shift the balance back in favor of the West and away from Asia, driven by intellectual property and supply chain concerns.
In 2018, the US Department of Justice indicted Taiwan-based chip maker United Microelectronics Corp (UMC) and China’s Fujian Jinhua Integrated Circuit Co Ltd, alleging the companies conspired to steal trade secrets from Micron.
Fujian Jinhua Denied the Allegations. UMC pled guilty to the charges and paid a $60 million fine. – Rappler.com