TOKYO, April 1 Apple Inc, Amazon.com
Inc and Google have joined bidding for Toshiba's
NAND flash memory unit, vying with others for the
Japanese firm's prized semiconductor operation, the Yomiuri
Shimbun daily reported on Saturday.
Toshiba shareholders on Thursday agreed to split off its
NAND flash memory business, paving the way for a sale to raise
at least $9 billion to cover U.S. nuclear unit charges that
threaten the conglomerate's future.
The Yomiuri newspaper said bidding prices from Apple, Amazon
or Google, owned by Alphabet Inc, were not known.
The Nikkei business daily reported on Friday that U.S.
private equity firm Silver Lake Partners and U.S.
chipmaker Broadcom Ltd have offered Toshiba about 2
trillion yen ($18 billion) for the unit.
About 10 potential bidders are interested in buying a stake
in the microchip operation, a source with knowledge of the
planned sale told Reuters earlier.
Suitors include Western Digital Corp, which operates
a chip plant with Toshiba in Japan, Micron Technology Inc
, South Korean chipmaker SK Hynix Inc and
Toshiba officials were not immediately available for
($1 = 111.3800 yen)
(Reporting by Kiyoshi Takenaka; Editing by Kim Coghill)