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Toshiba, SanDisk start construction of 300mm Yokkaichi fab

Posted: 15 Aug 2006 ?? ?Print Version ?Bookmark and Share

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Toshiba Corp. and SanDisk Corp. recently announced that, further to definitive agreements that they entered into last month, the construction of Fab 4, a 300mm wafer fab in Yokkaichi Japan has started.

Both companies started operation of a 300mm wafer fab, Fab 3, in summer 2005, at Yokkaichi Operations, and have boosted the facility's capacity to meet market demand. Today's start of construction reflects the need for a new facility, in parallel with expansion of Fab 3, in order to meet anticipated demand for NAND flash memory products in 2008 and beyond.

Investment in Fab 4 over the two years from April 2006 to March 2008 is expected to reach about $2.57 billion. Toshiba will fund construction of the building and Flash Alliance, Ltd, a new joint venture between the two companies for Fab 4, will fund the fab's advanced manufacturing equipment. The production output from Fab 4 will be equally shared between Toshiba and SanDisk.

Fab 4 is expected to start production in Q4 of 2007, with an initial capacity of 2,500 wafers a month. It is currently estimated that the capacity of 67,500 wafers a month will be reached by the Q4 of 2008.

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