Summary: Intel and Micron Technology announced yesterday they plan to expand their IM Flash joint-venture, adding a fourth fabrication facility, in Singapore. The NAND flash memory facility expects to break ground in the first-half next year, and likely launch in the second-half of 2008, initially using 50nm process technology on 300mm wafers. Micron's CEO said Singapore is "an ideal location for a manufacturing facility." And Intel's VP/GM of its Flash Memory Group commented, "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." Strong demand for portable devices such as digital cameras, mobile phones and music players, is seen driving global growth of NAND flash by 17% this year, to nearly $12 billion.
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