Intel and Micron Are Going to Sample NAND Flash Memory
Micron Technology and Intel Corporation now are sampling NAND flash memory based on 50-nanometer process technology. The samples have been manufactured through IM Flash Technologies. The companies are sampling 4-gigabit devices and plan to mass produce a range of densities on the 50nm node in 2007. This move to 50nm process technology is to enable Intel and Micron to meet the growing demand for higher density NAND flash across a range of computing and consumer electronics applications such as digital music players, removable storage and handheld communications devices.
The industry researchers say the NAND market segment is able to reach $13 to $16 billion in 2006 and grow to approximately $25 to $30 billion by 2010. Micron and Intel has formed IM Flash Technologies to manufacture NAND flash memory products for both companies. IMFT has been ramping its manufacturing facilities since the company's formation. Micron is supplying the venture NAND flash from its Boise fabrication facilities at the moment, and Micron's 300 mm facility based in Manassas is to be online later in 2006 to supply IMFT with NAND. Meanwhile, the Lehi, Utah facility that is dedicated to IMFT and serves as its headquarters is expected to be online producing NAND in early 2007.
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