Micron Technology, Inc. has announced the expansion of its 3D Nand flash memory fabrication operations in Singapore. The tech giant hosted a grand opening ceremony to mark completion of this strategic achievement, which will enable future manufacturing transitions of its industry-leading 3D Nand wafer capacity. More than 500 customers, suppliers, distributors, university leaders, community partners, Micron team members and local government officials attended the ceremony, where
Singapore’s Deputy Prime Minister (DPM) and Minister for Finance Heng Swee Keat, who was the guest of honour at the ceremony, said in his speech: “There are good reasons to believe that demand for semiconductor chips will continue to grow. We are also seeing the rapid advancement and deployment of new innovative technologies [such as] Artificial Intelligence, the Internet of Things, 5G, smart manufacturing and autonomous vehicles. Semiconductors are the fundamental building blocks for these technologies. The investment by Micron in expanding Fab10 reflects your confidence in the longer-term outlook of the semiconductor industry, and you are taking bold steps to respond to this.”
Micron President and CEO Sanjay Mehrotra, added: “Designed with the most advanced smart manufacturing capabilities, Micron’s Nand Center of Excellence provides scale for several generations of 3D Nand transitions. 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.”
The Center of Excellence brings together functions in technology development, product engineering, and quality and manufacturing, leveraging Micron’s long-term investment in infrastructure and technical expertise in Singapore. 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 are pivotal in supporting the company’s long-term growth, and they address customer needs in areas such as 5G, AI and autonomous transportation.
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 Center 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. This cluster of technology and manufacturing capability has helped Micron to become a successful partner to many of the largest Nand flash customers in the industry, many of whom attended the grand opening ceremony.
“The latest investment … is another important milestone in our longstanding partnership,” said Dr. Beh Swan Gin, chairman, Singapore Economic Development Board. “Micron’s investment demonstrates confidence in Singapore and in the long term prospects of the semiconductor industry, a critical enabler for a data driven, connected and intelligent world.”
Building For The Future
Micron firmly believes in the importance of science, technology, engineering and math (STEM) education and actively promotes educational activities through the Micron Foundation. The
Foundation recently helped fund an autonomous transportation research project for the National University of Singapore (NUS) Advanced Robotics Center, awarding NUS a grant of S$101,000 to inspire learning in STEM fields.
The Micron Foundation also provided S$50,000 for Nanyang Technological University’s Institute for Science and Technology for Humanity, which seeks to address critical issues confronting society and humanity at large in the era of rapid technological transformation. In October 2018, the Micron Foundation launched the global Advancing Curiosity Fund, a US$1 million grant helping universities and nonprofit organisations tackle some of AI’s greatest challenges.
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