SINGAPORE Micron Technology's expanded facility here will better position the firm to supply DDR2 and CMOS image sensor technology to an expanding Asian market, the company's local head said.
Jen Kwong Hwa, managing director of Micron Semiconductor Asia, said the company's $250 million investment in its test and assembly facility would "provide Micron the capability to meet the growing demand for semiconductor solutions throughout Asia."
"Our short-term space requirements are for assembly support of 300 mm, package proliferation, NAND flash memory and CMOS image sensors. For DRAMS, production mix changes are driven by input from our customers on DDR2 conversions as well as Micron's growing product portfolio," he said.
Micron manufactures both DDR and DDR2 at its Singapore site, and Jen said the firm was continuing to "adjust its production mix" there of DRAM, flash memory, CMOS image sensors and other products "based on overall industry demand and input from our customers."
"We expect semiconductor consumption in Asia Pacific to grow, and Micron is well positioned to support customers in this region," he added.
Jen said the expanded facility would also prove a boost to TECH Semiconductor, a Singapore-based wafer fabrication operation that is a joint venture among Micron, Singapore's Economic Development Board, Canon and Hewlett-Packard.
"Micron supports TECH Semiconductor with assembly and test services and this expansion enables us to handle future growth opportunities for both companies," he said.
Discussing the company's technological roadmap, Jen said Micron "continues to work on advanced process and product technology for future generation products."
Micron said it has completed the transition to 110-nm process technology. Micron's "process technology R&D efforts are currently focused primarily on manufacturing of 95-mn, 78-mn and smaller line-width process technologies," the Micron manager said.
Additional R&D efforts include design and development to support Micron's 300-mm wafer manufacturing, CMOS image sensors, NAND flash and other specialty memory products and new manufacturing materials," Jen added.