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Micron, Intel tout advancements in NAND flash JV

Posted: 09 Nov 2006     Print Version  Bookmark and Share

Keywords:Intel  Micron Technology  Micron  NAND flash  flash devices 

Intel Corp. and Micron Technology Inc. reported early this week that they are ahead of schedule on the development of their NAND flash memory joint venture—IM Flash Technologies.

The two companies also disclosed their plans to form another joint venture NAND flash fabrication facility in Singapore.

"We are quite pleased with the progress IM Flash Technologies has made in a very short period of time, positioning us for future growth in the NAND marketplace," said Brian Harrison, vice president, general manager of the flash memory group at Intel. "By executing to our strategy of ramping one 300mm fab per year, we fully expect to become one of the top manufacturers of NAND flash memory."

Since the formation of IM Flash in January, the companies have brought online a 300mm NAND fabrication facility in Manassas, Virginia. Meanwhile, 300mm facility in Lehi, Utah is on track to be in production early next year. The venture also currently produces NAND memory through existing capacity at Micron's fabrication facilities in Boise, Idaho.

The new joint venture in Singapore will add a fourth fabrication facility to the companies' NAND flash memory manufacturing capability, subject to execution of final agreements for creation of the joint venture company. The Singapore facility, anticipated to come online in the second half of 2008, will initially use 50nm process technology on 300mm wafers.

Welcoming the decision of the two semiconductor giants, Siong-Guan Lim, chairman at the Singapore Economic Development Board, said in a statement, "The multi-billion dollar plant will be Singapore's largest NAND flash manufacturing facility when it is fully operational. This investment by Intel and Micron will not only add to the vibrancy of our semiconductor industry, it will also strengthen Singapore's position internationally in the high-growth NAND flash memory market."




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