MEMORY MAKER Toshiba has announced that it will expand its Fab 5 operations in Japan to produce NAND memory using leading edge process nodes including stacked memory.
Toshiba is one of the few memory makers that fabs leading edge NAND in Japan and is set to try to increase its footprint to compete with South Korean rival Samsung. The firm announced that it will expand its Fab 5 to incorporate leading edge process nodes and production of stacked memory.
Toshiba's storage operations have grown in recent years with the firm taking on part of Western Digital's hard drive business, while it pushes NAND based solid state disk (SSD) drives. Despite other hard drive manufacturers such as Seagate and Western Digital flirting with SSDs, Toshiba is making a significant investment in NAND production to develop its SSD products.
With Toshiba's first phase of Fab 5 only having come online in July 2011, the firm didn't wait to expand, with building work expected to begin in August 2013 and complete in summer 2014. The firm said that the NAND chips produced when the second phase of Fab 5 is completed will include stacked NAND chips.
According to Toshiba the extra capacity will also help the firm compete with rivals such as Samsung, Sandisk and Intel. Toshiba's decision to expand its NAND production is reflection of market trends, according to the firm, with growing demand for server SSDs signalling good news for the wider NAND flash memory market. µ