Micron expands NAND flash memory factory in Singapore

Micron Technology has expanded its 3D NAND flash memory fabrication operations in Singapore, bringing together functions in technology development, product engineering, and quality and manufacturing.

The expanded facility provides flexibility in cleanroom space to facilitate technology transitions to advanced nodes of 3D NAND technology. Micron’s 3D NAND technology and storage solutions address customer needs in areas such as 5G, artificial intelligence (AI) and autonomous transportation.

“Designed with the most advanced smart manufacturing capabilities, Micron’s NAND Centre of Excellence provides scale for several generations of 3D NAND transitions,” said Micron president and CEO Sanjay Mehrotra.

“We look forward to continued collaboration, innovation and success with local suppliers, universities and government entities in Singapore whose strong partnerships have made this expansion possible,” he said.

Micron will align spending on capital equipment with trends in market demand. The company expects initial manufacturing output from the expanded fabrication facility during the second half of this year.

The facility is not expected to add any new wafer capacity. Micron’s NAND Centre of Excellence, which includes NAND flash memory operations in Singapore along with assembly and test operations in both Singapore and Malaysia, incorporates the latest smart manufacturing technology and processes to reduce manufacturing variability, increase yield and throughput and improve quality.

Beh Swan Gin, chairman of the Singapore Economic Development Board, said Micron’s investment demonstrates confidence in Singapore and in the long term prospects of the semiconductor industry.