Tuesday, July 12, 2011

Toshiba and SanDisk are opening a new plant

Toshiba and SanDisk announced the opening of the Fab 5 using 300 mm wafers. It was built in a year, production has just started and the first chips should be delivered in August. The plant was later updated to burn in 19 nm, the statement said. The Fab 5 is located in Mie Prefecture in Japan.

The two companies say that the plant includes new measures against earthquakes. It should also consume 12% less CO2 than the Fab 4 with the use of LED and many energy saving measures. The Fab 5 has an area of 187,000 m2 over five floors. The construction of the Fab 5 was initially delayed due to the financial crisis of 2009, but once work began, schedules were met.

The plant is expected out 210,000 wafers per month. To manage, Toshiba and SanDisk have created the joint venture majority owned by Flash Foward the first (50.1%), the remaining shares belonging to the second.

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