AUSTIN, Texas In a major reorganization, Intel Corp. said Friday (May 5th) that it will bring its NOR flash memory fabs and memory process technology development effort within the company’s flash memory group.
Previously, responsibility for the memory fabs and memory process technology were within the Intel technology and manufacturing group, which continues to develop logic technology and manufacturing facilities.
Brian Harrison, vice president of the flash memory group, will continue to manage the group, which now consolidates product development, marketing, manufacturing, quality assurance, and other support functions. The reorganization will have no impact on Intel’s NAND flash products group, which also reports to Harrison. The NAND products are made by the Intel-Micron Technology joint venture, IM Flash Technology LLC.
Allen Holmes, director of marketing for NOR products, said Intel has a 90-nm/65-nm NOR fab in Israel, a 130-nm memory fab in Ireland, and a development fab in Santa Clara, Calif. Test and assembly are done in the Philippines and China.
Asked if Intel would lay off workers as part of the reorganization, Holmes said there are no plans for layoffs. He said the changes were made to improve logistics and gain greater efficiencies within the group. “This gives us a single ownership” of NOR flash development and production, he said.
Intel has a “mid-20s” market share in the NOR flash market, he said, a market which analysts estimate is about $8-9 billion in total size this year.
The move follows a disappointing quarter for Intel.