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April 10, 1997updated 05 Sep 2016 12:37pm

COMPAQ JOINS FIRMS VIEWING MICRON’S MAIL ORDER ARM

By CBR Staff Writer

Micron Technology Inc is about the most unlikely memory chip manufacturer in the industry – after all, it is not many high- tech companies whose employees are constrained to drive around with number plates bearing the legend Famous Potatoes but it was a fortune made out of the other kind of chips that financed the Boise, Idaho’s rise to greatness, and the company still has most of its plants among the potato fields. But why should a memory chip maker need its own personal computer manufacturing business? According to PC Week, the company is now asking itself just that question, and has already had an approach from Compaq Computer Corp about buying its Micron Electronics Inc mail-order operation, which takes in the old Zeos International Ltd business, and is less than 100%-owned. A source familiar with the talks told the paper Micron had also held preliminary discussions about selling the business to Hewlett-Packard Co, Sanyo Electric Co and Gateway 2000 Inc.

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