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Micron Technology Inc  (MU)
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Micron Technology Inc

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Micron Technology, Inc., and its subsidiaries manufacture and market DRAMs, Flash memory, CMOS image sensors and other semiconductor components. Micron Technology,  Inc., a Delaware corporation, was incorporated in 1978. The Company's executive offices are located at 8000 South Federal Way, Boise, Idaho 83716-9632 and its telephone number is (208) 368-4000.


The Company offers semiconductor products with a wide variety of packaging and configuration options, architectures and performance characteristics to meet customer needs.

Dynamic Random Access Memory DRAM products are high density, low-cost-per-bit, random access memory devices that provide high-speed data storage and retrieval. DRAM is the Company's primary product and is the most widely used semiconductor memory component in computer systems.

In recent years, the Company has broadened its DRAM product line as the market has become more diverse. The Company offers 128 Meg, 256 Meg and 512 Meg Double Data Rate Synchronous DRAM ("DDR") and SDRAM in multiple configurations, speeds and package types. In 2003, DDR replaced SDRAM as the Company's highest volume type of semiconductor memory products sold. DDR is used in computing and networking applications and in a variety of other consumer electronics.

Although market demand has shifted from SDRAM to DDR devices for computing and other applications, demand for SDRAM continues for many consumer applications, such as cell phones, hand held devices and other communications equipment. The Company also provides key customers with legacy DRAM products such as extended data out ("EDO") and fast page mode ("FPM") and lower density products such as the 16 Meg and 64 Meg DRAM. The Company continues to design and develop next generation products, including DDR2, GDDR3 and certain other products, including reduced latency DRAM ("RLDRAM") and Cellular RAM.

Flash Memory Flash products are non-volatile semiconductor devices that retain memory content when the power is turned off, and are electrically re-writeable. Flash is used in networking applications, workstations, servers, PCs, and handheld electronic devices such as digital cellular phones, digital cameras, and digital music players. Currently, the Company's Flash offerings are comprised of NOR-based products.

Complementary Metal-Oxide Semiconductor ("CMOS") Image Sensors Image sensors are semiconductor devices that capture images and process them into pictures or video for a variety of consumer and industrial applications. The Company's CMOS image sensors are used in products such as cellular phone cameras, digital cameras, consumable pill cameras for medical use, automotive headlight dimming and motion tracking systems. CMOS imaging is a new market for the Company. The CMOS imaging market is expected to grow significantly over the next several years.


The Company faces intense competition from a number of companies, including Elpida Memory, Inc., Hynix Semiconductor, Inc., Infineon Technologies AG and Samsung Electronics, Inc. Some of these competitors are large corporations or conglomerates that may have greater resources to withstand downturns in the semiconductor markets in which the Company competes, invest in technology and capitalize on growth opportunities. These competitors seek to increase silicon capacity, improve yields, reduce die size and minimize mask levels in their product designs. These factors have significantly increased worldwide supply and put downward pressure on prices.


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