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Process Technology

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.

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 Insight AwardUBM 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.


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 feature