Micron And Intel Expand NAND Flash Memory Joint Venture
“Micron’s joint venture NAND development efforts with Intel are a model of innovation, productivity and effectiveness,” said Micron Chief Executive Officer Mark Durcan. “With IM Flash and its associated programs, our companies have become leaders in the NAND Flash arena. These new agreements build on that success.”
“The Intel-Micron partnership has created industry-leading NAND Flash memory technology and developed a robust global manufacturing network. The new NAND Flash supply agreement with Micron gives Intel better flexibility to meet growing demand for SSDs and other products,” said Robert Crooke, Corporate Vice President and General Manager of the Non-Volatile Memory Solutions Group, Intel.
While the pep talks are great, here's the real meat of it. With the agreements in place, Micron will increase its share of the overall NAND Flash output and optimize its global manufacturing network by purchasing the assets of IM Flash Singapore (IMFS) and the IM Flash Technologies (IMFT) assets in Manassas, Va. Micron has also agreed to supply Intel with NAND Flash memory from its facilities. The IMFT joint venture NAND manufacturing facility in Lehi, Utah, will continue to operate with minimal changes to its existing operations. The facility is currently in production on the companies’ industry-leading 20nm NAND Flash memory technology. The transaction is expected to close during the first half of this year, subject to certain conditions.
Flash memory may be an afterthought to many consumers, but a hiccup in supply sends everyone in the consumer supply chain scrambling. Here's to another beautiful friendship.