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Micron Technology was founded in October 1978 in Boise, Idaho.Micron is one of Idaho’s largest employers with more than 5,000 employees. The company went through a series of layoffs since 2005, when it had nearly 10,000 employees in Idaho.According to the company’s website, Micron has about 20,000 employees worldwide including locations in; California, Virginia, Canada, Puerto Rico, Italy, Scotland, Israel, Paris, Germany, Japan, Singapore, South Korea, China, India and Malaysia.Micron manufactures and markets DRAM, NAND and NOR Flash memory products, computer chips, which are used in everything from computing, networking, and server applications, to mobile, embedded, consumer, automotive, and industrial designs.According to its website, Micron Micron Technology, Inc., became a publicly held company in June 1984. In November 1990, Micron was listed on the New York Stock Exchange (NYSE), where it began trading under the “MU” symbol. Effective December 30, 2009 Micron voluntarily transferred its stock exchange listing from The New York Stock Exchange to the NASDAQ Global Select Market, a market of The NASDAQ OMX Group, (NASDAQ: NDAQ) and continues to trade under the ticker symbol MU.

Micron Foundation Gives $25 Million To Boise State

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A rendering of Boise State's new Center for Materials Research building, half of which will be funded by Micron's gift.

The Micron Foundation has given $25 million to Boise State University for the school's materials science program.

The Idaho Statesman reports that the sum is nearly half of the cost of the Center for Materials Research, which will house the program.

This is one in a string of gifts the Micron Foundation has made to launch Boise State's materials science program, which started in 2002 and now has 177 students.

Micron officials say the center will benefit them as well, as Micron is a major manufacturing company that builds advanced, nano-scale semiconductors. They say materials science is a major part of their production.