Boise, Idaho Micron Technology, Inc., and Intel Corp. (Santa Clara, Calif.) have begun sampling NAND flash memory built on 50 nanometer (nm) process technology.
The samples were manufactured through IM Flash Technologies, a joint development and manufacturing venture from Micron and Intel. Both companies are sampling 4 gigabit devices now, with plans to mass produce a range of densities on the 50nm node in 2007. Pricing was not available.
This move to 50nm process technology will enable Intel and Micron to
meet the growing demand for higher density NAND flash across a range of
computing and consumer electronics applications such as digital music
players, removable storage and handheld communications devices.
According to industry research forecasts, the NAND market segment is
estimated to reach $13 to $16 billion in 2006 and grow to approximately
$25 to 30 billion by 2010.
Micron Technology, Inc. (208) 363-1893
Intel Corp. 978-553-6501