Micron to spend $150bn on memory production

October 25, 2021 // By Peter Clarke
Micron plans to spend $150 billion on memory production
Micron has said it plans to spend $150bn over the next decade to maintain its position in the memory chip market.

The cash will be spent on memory manufacturing and R&D with the potential for fab expansion in the US, to meet the demand of the data-based economy.

Micron has recently agreed the sale of a wafer fab in Lehi, Utah, to Texas Instruments.

How $15bn per year will be raised and how much Micron expects the US government to contribute were not discussed. In the fiscal year to September 2, 2021, Micron made net profit $5.86 billion on sales revenues of $27.71 billion. The company's capital expenditure budget for fiscal 2021 was about $9 billion.

Micron refers to the $150 billion spend as "the first step" and adds that "securing access to leading-edge memory is a long-term investment that also requires sustained government support."

Micron points out that memory components represented 10 percent of total semiconductor sales in 2000 but have risen to about 30 percent of a greatly increased market in 2021.

"Memory is at the leading edge of semiconductor manufacturing and fuels everything from feature-rich 5G smartphones to the AI-enabled cloud,” said Sanjay Mehrotra, CEO of Micron, in a statement. "Micron’s leadership in both DRAM and NAND technologies and the strength of our roadmap enable us to invest more than $150 billion with confidence to extend our industry-leading memory innovation into the next decade, and deliver differentiated products to our customers. We look forward to working with governments around the world, including in the US where CHIPS funding and the FABS Act would open the door to new industry investments, as we consider sites to support future expansion." 

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