IM Flash Technologies

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IM Flash Technologies
Non-Public
IndustrySemiconductor integrated circuitry
Founded2006
Headquarters4000 North Flash Drive
Lehi, Utah
United States
Key people
David Cheffings and Bert Blaha
Number of employees
1,500 - 2,000
Websitehttp://www.imflash.com/

IM Flash Technologies, LLC is the semiconductor company founded in January 2006, by Intel Corporation and Micron Technology, Inc. IM Flash produces 3D XPoint used in data centers and high end computers. It has a 300mm wafer fab in Lehi, UT, United States.

It built a second 300mm wafer fab, IM Flash Singapore, which opened in April 2011.[1] IM Flash took the leading edge in NAND flash scaling by moving to 34 nm design rules in 2008.[2] IM Flash has been able to devise 25-nm NAND chips with 193-nm immersion lithography, plus self-aligned double-patterning (SADP) techniques, where it is widely believed that it is using scanners from ASML Holdings NV and SADP technology.[3] In 2011 IM Flash moved to a 20 nm process– which was the smallest NAND flash technology at the time.[4]

On July 16, 2018, Micron and Intel announced to cease joint development on 3D XPoint after the 2nd generation technology is finalized, which is expected to complete in the first half of 2019. Technology development beyond the 2nd gen. will be pursued independently by the two companies in order to optimize the technology for their respective product and business needs. The two companies will continue to manufacture memory based on 3D XPoint technology at the Intel-Micron Flash Technologies (IMFT) facility in Lehi, Utah.[5]

On Oct. 18, 2018, Micron announced the intend to exercise its right to call the remaining interest in the parties' joint venture, IM Flash Technologies, LLC. Micron is to exercise the call option starting Jan. 1, 2019 and the timeline to close the transaction is between six and twelve months after the date Micron exercises the call. At the time of close, Micron expects to pay approximately $1.5 billion in cash for the transaction, dissolving Intel's non-controlling interest in IM Flash as well as IM Flash member debt, which was approximately $1 billion as of Aug. 30, 2018.[6]

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  1. ^ Intel, Micron Open Singapore NAND Flash Plant
  2. ^ Intel, Micron roll 34-nm NAND device
  3. ^ Intel, Micron take NAND lead, roll 25-nm chip
  4. ^ Intel and Micron announce new 20nm NAND Flash manufacturing process April 14, 2011.
  5. ^ "Micron and Intel Announce Update to 3D XPoint Joint Development Program". Micron.com. 16 July 2018.
  6. ^ "Micron Announces Intent to Acquire Remaining Interest in IM Flash Technologies Joint Venture". Micron.com. 18 October 2018. Retrieved 19 October 2018.

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