Technology Leadership Keeps Memory Moving Forward
Micron is known for leading the industry in researching and developing the designs and processes that keep memory moving forward. We consistently deliver market-driven solutions that provide greater capacity in smaller designs, without sacrificing quality and performance.
Glen Hawk, vice president of NAND solutions, talks to EETimes about Micron's continued dedication to manufacturing and technology excellence.
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16nm MLC NAND: The World’s Most Advanced Process
Our 16nm NAND technology enables the industry’s smallest 128Gb MLC Flash memory device. The 16nm node is not only the leading Flash process, but it is also the most advanced processing node for any sampling semiconductor device. It improves on our award-winning planar cell design to create a highly compact storage solution.
This MLC device is targeted at applications like consumer SSDs, removable storage (USB drives and Flash cards), tablets, ultrathin devices, mobile handsets, and data center cloud storage—applications that demand high-capacity storage in small form factors.
Semiconductor of the Year
Our industry-leading NAND is acknowledged for its superior design,
right down to the memory cell.UBM TechInsights named it as 2011 Semiconductor of the Year after extensive review —including examination of the device at the package and die levels and analysis of the process technology, memory
cell configuration, and materials identification.
Our award-winning NAND technology has enabled our groundbreaking
128Gb MLC device, which sets a benchmark in storage silicon. This part
provides a terabit of storage in a single eight-die package. Its smaller
footprint frees up more board space for other critical mobile components
such as screen, battery, or even more storage, and meets increasing
demand for more local storage in consumer mobile devices.
Continued Leadership in NAND Innovation
Since forming the joint venture IM Flash Technologies (IMFT) in 2005, Micron and Intel have implemented process shrinks roughly every 18 months, well ahead of competitors. Because we hit these milestones sooner, we’re also better-equipped to further refine these technologies for adoption in demanding applications like SSDs and servers.
Micron’s market-leading 16nm MLC NAND sets the stage for nearly 6TB of storage to be produced on a single 300mm wafer.
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Why do NAND shrinks matter?
The growth in data storage, combined with new tablet and smartphone features, is demanding more from NAND Flash technology, especially for higher capacities in increasingly smaller designs. 20nm NAND reduces the footprint needed for storage, freeing up extra space for improvements like a bigger battery, a larger screen, or the addition of another chip to handle new features.
For the past several years, Micron has consistently ranked among the top 10 most-prolific patent registrants in the United States. But it’s the quality of those patents that really counts, and that’s where we truly excel. In October 2011, the Patent Board ranked Micron’s patents first in science strength for the second consecutive year. Our patent portfolio also ranked fifth in technology strength among all semiconductor companies. These high ratings for science and technology strength underscore our emphasis on the spirit of innovation that has yielded one of the most valuable patent portfolios in the world. It’s this added value that enabled us to maintain our lead over several much larger companies who actually recorded more patents for the year.
Awards for our process advancements are the visible result of years of cumulative R&D work by some of the best scientists and engineers in the industry. These kinds of innovations are our core strengths and continue to move our business toward greater efficiency and put us in a stronger competitive position.
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