Apple Inc is considering the possibility of buying a stake in the Japanese Toshiba Corp's chip business. According to NHK, Apple wants to buy from 20 to 30% of the Toshiba Memory shares.
The exact amount of the deal is not yet known, but it can reach several billion dollars. It is expected that the transaction will help the American corporation to provide a stable production base of semiconductors used in its products, for example, in the iPhone.
In addition, Apple is considering joining forces with Taiwan's Hon Hai Precision, known as Foxconn, which is also one of the contenders for a stake in the Japanese division. That would help Toshiba to retain a controlling stake in Toshiba Memory, as well as avoid problems associated with the likely leakage of data about the company's technologies.