Kioxia, Western Digital agree on next JV fab
NAND flash chip companies Kioxia Corp. and Western Digital Corp. have agreed to invest jointly in the first phase of Fab 7 (Y7) at Kioxia’s Yokkaichi Plant in the Mie Prefecture of Japan.
With construction of the first phase of Y7 completed, the joint-venture investment will enable initial production output beginning in the fall of this year.
This joint-venture investment adds a sixth flash memory manufacturing facility to the Yokkaichi Plant, enhancing its position as the world’s largest flash memory manufacturing site. The first phase of the Y7 facility will produce 3D flash memory including 112- and 162-layer and future nodes.
“Our strategic partnership with Kioxia has led to the introduction of leading-edge technology while increasing the scale of manufacturing and R&D capabilities. We look forward to continuing to drive long-term success together,” Siva Sivaram, president for technology and strategy for Western Digital, in a statement.
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