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Toshiba sets up NAND flash fab in Japan

Posted: 25 Mar 2010  Print Version  Bookmark and Share

Keywords:Toshiba fab  NAND flash  Japan facility 

Toshiba Corp. it set to start construction of new a fabrication facility on a site next to Yokkaichi Operations, its memory production facility in Mie Prefecture, in July.

Yokkaichi Operations currently has four NAND flash memory fabs. Toshiba has given careful consideration to the timing of the start of construction of the new fab, most notably in light of the fall in demand that followed the global recession in the fall 2008. However, as demand begins to recover with the market penetration of smart phones and other new applications, and foreseeing further market expansion in the medium- and long-term, Toshiba now recognizes that the time is right to construct a new fab.

The scale of Fab 5 will be comparable with that of Fab 4, which is now in operation. The new fab will have a quake-absorbing structure, and be designed for minimal environmental impact. Energy-saving clean rooms and effective use of waste heat are expected to cut CO2 emissions to a level 12 percent lower than from Fab 4.

Toshiba proactively promotes timely investment that anticipates market trends, and will continue to develop new technologies, including advanced process technology and memories, in order to enhance its competitiveness in the memory business.





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