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Micron Technology, a large U.S. memory chip maker, will close a design unit in Shanghai this year. Industry sources say many of the company’s technical talent have been poached by Chinese rivals in recent years.

Memory chips from Micron Technology ( Photo: Reuters)

Micron Technology told Reuters on Wednesday (Jan. 26) that it will end its DRAM (dynamic random access memory) chip design business at its Shanghai design center. The work is expected to be completed by December 2022.

The company added that the rest of the Shanghai design center will not be affected and will focus on developing NAND (flash) and SSD (solid state drive) technologies going forward. The company manufactures memory chips that serve data storage, including DRAM chips widely used in data centers, personal computers and other devices.

According to the report, 150 engineers from the relevant departments in Shanghai will be able to apply to work in R&D departments in the US or India. Micron Technology has 43,000 employees worldwide and has R&D centers in the US, Japan, Singapore, Taiwan, China, India and Germany.

Some analysts believe that Micron’s move is likely to be a preventive measure to stop talent poaching and technology outflow.

In addition to Shanghai, Micron has a DRAM testing and production line in Xi’an. Semiconductor and chip technology is a core area of U.S.-China technology competition.

In 2018, the U.S. Department of Commerce charged Taiwan’s United Microelectronics Corporation (UMC) and the Communist China Fujian Jinhua Integrated Circuit Co. of conspiring to steal trade secrets from Micron. Fujian Jinhua was later blacklisted by Washington and went bankrupt because it could no longer obtain chip manufacturing equipment from foreign suppliers. UMC pleaded guilty to the charges and paid a fine of $60 million.

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