The news comes one week after Dell unveiled plans to buy EMC, the world's largest data-storage provider, for USD 67 billion in a record tech tie-up.
Western said the acquisition will help transform it into a data storage solutions company "with global scale, extensive product and technology assets, and deep expertise."
The merger of the two California data storage firms would create a company combined global sales of more than USD 21 billion last year.
The two companies said in a statement that Western Digital will double the market available to it, and that the combination will take it into higher growth segments in the memory storage market.
SanDisk especially brings to the union capabilities in NAND memory, common in USB flash drives and other memory cards.

The takeover comes just on the heels of Western's agreement to allow China's Unisplendour Corp, a state-controlled technology investment and development firm, to take a 15 percent share in Western.


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