SAN FRANCISCO—After earlier turning down an opportunity to invest in Japanese DRAM vendor Elipda Memory Inc., Toshiba Corp. has apparently decided to join the bidding for the bankrupt firm, according to English language news service reports quoting Japan's Nikkei news service.
According to a report by the Reuters news service, the Nikkei reported that Toshiba could seek financial assistance from the government-backed Enterprise Turnaround Initiative Corp of Japan.
Elpida reportedly is soliciting bids from potential investors in an effort to pull itself out of bankruptcy protection. Micron Technology Inc. is rumored to have already made a bid for Elpida, but the company declined to comment on the rumor.
David Patterson, known for his pioneering research that led to RAID, clusters and more, is part of a team at UC Berkeley that recently made its RISC-V processor architecture an open source hardware offering. We talk with Patterson and one of his colleagues behind the effort about the opportunities they see, what new kinds of designs they hope to enable and what it means for today’s commercial processor giants such as Intel, ARM and Imagination Technologies.