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Toshiba, SanDisk to expand NAND flash memory production

Posted: 05 Dec 2003 ?? ?Print Version ?Bookmark and Share

Keywords:toshiba? sandisk? nand? flash? memory?

Toshiba Corp. and SanDisk Corp. have agreed to cooperate in the construction of a new 300mm wafer fabrication facility at Toshiba's Yokkaichi operations, in order to meet growing demand for NAND flash memory.

The move is expected to allow mass production in the new facility to be advanced to the second half of Toshiba's FY2005 from the originally planned FY2006 that Toshiba announced last December. Toshiba currently plans to start construction of the building in the first half of FY2004.

According to the terms of the agreement, Toshiba will fund construction of the building, while both Toshiba and SanDisk will provide funds for the manufacturing equipment. Once on line, the facility will be operated by FlashVision, Toshiba and SanDisk's joint venture for NAND flash memories. The parties will soon commence negotiations on terms of a cooperation agreement for Fab 3 at Toshiba's Yokkaichi operations.

Initial production of 10,000 wafers a month is expected when the new 300mm facility comes on line in the second half of FY2005, using 70nm process technology that Toshiba and SanDisk are now jointly developing. Production is expected to increase from the 10,000 wafers per month baseline through greater wafer output and a shift to 55nm process in future years.





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