Tsinghua Holdings, the parent company of WD's prospective partner Unispelendor, also made an informal bid of $23 billion for Micron Technology in July through another subsidiary, called Tsinghua Unigroup.
SanDisk has also had a joint NAND flash developer agreement with leading flash maker Toshiba; SanDisk has been the minority stakeholder in that partnership, Handy said. WD said that joint venture is expected to continue under its ownership.
Now that WD has a prospective partner in Unispelendor and a NAND flash memory maker in SanDisk and Toshiba, it can also address the massive Chinese market.
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