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New 128Gb Device Ideal for Small Form Factor Tablets, Smartphones, SSDs and High-Performance Compute Devices


News Highlights

  • The new 20nm 128Gb MLC NAND device doubles the storage capacity and performance of the companies' existing 20nm 64Gb NAND device.
  • Intel and Micron continue to lead the industry with the most advanced NAND production process technology, announcing mass production of their 20nm 64Gb NAND flash.
  • The industry's first monolithic 128Gb part can store 1 terabit of data in a single fingertip-size package with just eight die-a new storage benchmark that meets the ongoing demand for slim, sleek products.
  • The companies' 20nm NAND is the first to use an innovative planar cell structure that overcomes the scaling constraints of standard floating gate NAND.

 

 

SANTA CLARA, Calif. and BOISE, Idaho, Dec. 6, 2011 - Intel Corporation and Micron Technology, Inc., today announced a new benchmark in NAND flash technology - the world's first 20 nanometer (nm), 128 gigabit (Gb), multilevel-cell (MLC) device. The companies also announced mass production of their 64Gb 20nm NAND, which further extends the companies' leadership in NAND process technology.

 

Developed through Intel and Micron's joint-development venture, IM Flash Technologies (IMFT), the new 20nm monolithic 128Gb device is the first in the industry to enable a terabit (Tb) of data storage in a fingertip-size package by using just eight die. It also provides twice the storage capacity and performance of the companies' existing 20nm 64Gb NAND device. The 128Gb device meets the high-speed ONFI 3.0 specification to achieve speeds of 333 megatransfers per second (MT/s), providing customers with a more cost-effective solid-state storage solution for today's slim, sleek product designs, including tablets, smartphones and high-capacity solid-state drives (SSDs.)

 

"As portable devices get smaller and sleeker, and server demands increase, our customers look to Micron for innovative new storage technologies and system solutions that meet these challenges," said Glen Hawk, vice president of Micron's NAND Solutions Group. "Our collaboration with Intel continues to deliver leading NAND technologies and expertise that are critical to building those systems."

 

The companies also revealed that the key to their success with 20nm process technology is due to an innovative new cell structure that enables more aggressive cell scaling than conventional architectures. Their 20nm NAND uses a planar cell structure - the first in the industry - to overcome the inherent difficulties that accompany advanced process technology, enabling performance and reliability on par with the previous generation. The planar cell structure successfully breaks the scaling constraints of the standard NAND floating gate cell by integrating the first Hi-K/metal gate stack on NAND production.

 

"It is gratifying to see the continued NAND leadership from the Intel-Micron joint development with yet more firsts as our manufacturing teams deliver these high-density, low-cost, compute-quality 20nm NAND devices," said Rob Crooke, Intel vice president and general manager of Intel's Non-Volatile Memory Solutions Group. "Through the utilization of planar cell structure and Hi-K/Metal gate stack, IMFT continues to advance the technological capabilities of our NAND flash memory solutions to enable exciting new products, services and form factors."

 

The demand for high-capacity NAND flash devices is driven by three interconnected market trends: data storage growth, the shift to the cloud and the proliferation of portable devices. As digital content continues to grow, users expect that data to be available across a multitude of devices, all synchronized via the cloud. To effectively stream data, servers require high-performance, high-capacity storage that NAND delivers, and storage in mobile devices has consistently grown with increased access to data. High-definition video is one example of an application that requires high-capacity storage, since attempting to stream this type of data can create a poor user experience. These developments create great opportunities for high-performance, small-footprint storage, both in the mobile devices that consume the content and the storage servers that deliver it.

 

Intel and Micron noted that the December production ramp of their 20nm 64Gb NAND flash product will enable a rapid transition to the 128Gb device in 2012. Samples of the 128Gb device will be available in January, closely followed by mass production in the first half of 2012. Achievement of this milestone will further enable greater densities and overall fab output, while also helping the companies' development teams cultivate the expertise required to design complex storage solutions and refine future technologies.

 

IMFT-20nm_die.jpgIntel-Micron Flash Technologies 20nm die -- The industry's first monolithic 128 gigabit (Gb) NAND die represents continued leadership by Intel and Micron on the world's most advanced 20 nanometer (nm) NAND production process technology. The new 20nm 128Gb device doubles the storage capacity and performance of the companies' existing 20nm 64Gb NAND device.

IMFT-20nm_die-context.jpgWorld's Highest-Capacity NAND flash memory die -- New 20nm NAND from Intel and Micron provides unprecedented storage density. The industry’s first monolithic 128 gigabit (Gb) part can store 1 terabit of data in a single fingertip-size package with just eight die—a new storage benchmark that meets the ongoing demand for slim, sleek products.

 

About Micron
Micron Technology, Inc. is one of the world's leading providers of advanced semiconductor solutions. Through its worldwide operations, Micron manufactures and markets a full range of DRAM, NAND and NOR flash memory, as well as other innovative memory technologies, packaging solutions and semiconductor systems for use in leading-edge computing, consumer, networking, embedded and mobile products. Micron's common stock is traded on the NASDAQ under the MU symbol. To learn more about Micron Technology Inc., visit www.micron.com.

 

About Intel
Intel (NASDAQ: INTC) is a world leader in computing innovation. The company designs and builds the essential technologies that serve as the foundation for the world’s computing devices. Additional information about Intel is available at newsroom.intel.com and blogs.intel.com.

 

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©2011 Micron Technology, Inc. and Intel Corporation. All rights reserved. Information is subject to change without notice. Micron and the Micron logo are trademarks of Micron Technology, Inc. This news release contains forward-looking statements regarding the production of the 20nm, 64Gb and 128Gb NAND devices. Actual events or results may differ materially from those contained in the forward-looking statements. Please refer to the documents Micron files on a consolidated basis from time to time with the Securities and Exchange Commission, specifically Micron's most recent Form 10-K and Form 10-Q. These documents contain and identify important factors that could cause the actual results for Micron on a consolidated basis to differ materially from those contained in our forward-looking statements (see Certain Factors). Although we believe that the expectations reflected in the forward-looking statements are reasonable, we cannot guarantee future results, levels of activity, performance or achievements.

Intel is starting a memory research project with the Industrial Technology Research Institute (ITRI) of Taiwan to address the performance gap and to reduce the power consumption of memory. The first project under the collaboration is focused on the future of memory technologies used in computing devices such as Ultrabooks™, laptops, tablets, and handhelds.  By creating memories with much greater energy efficiency, these mobile devices will be better equipped to handle the data-intensive applications of the future. Intel’s earlier collaborative work on memory has been productive and this new collaboration will allow key researchers to develop further innovations in interconnect and memory architecture with a particular focus on mobile computing devices.

App lovers can now go to Sprint.com and download apps from the Intel AppUpSM center. For a limited time, people who install and register with the Intel AppUp center will receive Angry Birds Rio and History Channel Trivia Challenge 2.0 for free ($9.98 value). Sprint is the first wireless provider in the U.S.  offering Intel AppUp center to their customers. Whether you’re in the mood for some home cooking, social networking or new twists on classic games, the Intel AppUp center is home to thousands of PC apps, and a perfect complement to Sprint’s 3G/4G-powered Dell Inspiron 11z.

As 2011 draws to a close, Intel Corporation leaders and tech industry futurists have taken a look into their high-tech crystal balls to anticipate what technological trends will likely stand out next year. For example, “2012 is the year when consumers’ desire to make things goes mainstream – rather than the gamefication of things, we can talk about the ‘Etsy*-ifcation’ of things. Creating, DIY, making,” Genevieve Bell, cultural anthropologist and director of interaction and experience research, Intel Corporation said. See more technology trends for 2012.

Intel to Provide Update on Ultrabook™ Systems, Keynote by Intel CEO Paul Otellini

 

WHEN:

Jan. 10-13, 2012 (pre-show Intel Corporation highlights include a Jan. 9 media conference at the 2012 CES Press Day)

WHERE:

2012 International Consumer Electronics Show
Las Vegas Convention Center; Intel booth at Central Hall #7253

WHAT:

Intel Media and Analysts Briefing

  • At the 2012 CES Press Day, Intel Vice President and Chief Marketing Officer Deborah Conrad will provide an update on Ultrabook™ systems and what to expect from the new category in 2012.    

Intel Keynote

  • Intel President and Chief Executive Officer Paul Otellini will deliver his keynote address on Day 1 of CES.     
    • 4:30 p.m. Jan. 10 at The Venetian, Palazzo Ballroom
    • "Intel is at the forefront of the mobile revolution, powering computing, communications and entertainment platforms that are bringing amazing new experiences to consumers around the world. We are thrilled to welcome Paul Otellini back to the CES keynote stage to share his strategic vision for Intel and the future of consumer technology." -- Gary Shapiro, president and CEO, Consumer Electronics Association

Intel Booth Preview for Media, Analysts

  • On opening morning of CES, Intel will provide credentialed media, bloggers and analysts an exclusive sneak peek at the Intel booth and product demonstrations before the show floor officially opens.       
    • 7-8:15 a.m. Jan. 10 at the Intel booth, Central Hall #7253
    • Event is during pre-show hours; enter through exterior C2 lobby
WHATELSE:

Throughout the show, Intel will showcase the 2nd generation Intel® Core™ processor-powered Ultrabook™ devices as well as several Intel® Atom™ processor-based Intelligent Systems. Numerous other Intel-powered devices from leading manufacturers will also be displayed. "Spotlight" performances happening inside the Intel booth will highlight the amazing things talented artists and innovators are doing with technology today.

CONTACTS:

Robert Manetta

408-653-3683, robert.i.manetta@intel.com

 

Kari Aakre

503-696-5068, kari.e.aakre@intel.com

 

Megan Langer

503-712-4305, megan.e.langer@intel.com

$100,000 in Cash Awards Going to Best Tech-Based Business Ideas

 

NEWS HIGHLIGHTS:

  • Intel is launching “Intel Innovators,” a Facebook platform that encourages young entrepreneurs to share groundbreaking business ideas, and the chance at up to $100,000 for the next 3 months.
  • At a live webcast, Deborah Conrad, Intel’s chief marketing officer, will lead a discussion on the importance of technology, entrepreneurship and innovation.
  • Intel believes that fostering innovation in today’s young entrepreneurs through programs such as Intel Innovators is imperative to driving future technology.

 

 

SANTA CLARA, Calif., Dec. 1, 2011 – Today Intel Corporation will debut Intel Innovators, a Facebook platform that encourages young entrepreneurs to share their business ideas for the chance to win up to $100,000 for the next 3 months. This program will be announced at noon (PST) during a live webcast titled “Young Entrepreneurs Inventing Tomorrow’s Innovation.”

 

Deborah Conrad, chief marketing officer at Intel, will lead this webcast discussion with additional industry leaders on the importance of technology, entrepreneurship and innovation. Conrad will be joined by David Fischer, Facebook vice president of advertising and global operations; Ricky Van Veen, CollegeHumor and Connected Ventures co-founder and CEO; and Phil Weilerstein, National Collegiate Inventors and Innovators Alliance (NCIIA) executive director. In conjunction with this discussion, Intel will debut Intel Innovators.

 

Intel Innovators is a new social platform for 18- to 24-year-old entrepreneurs in the United States to share their business ideas or startup plans on Facebook, grow a fanbase, receive real-time feedback and have a chance to win startup capital from Intel. Each month, cash prizes will be awarded to participants with the best tech-based ideas from an expert panel of judges from Betaworks, SV Angel and Intel Capital. Together, the judges will award one $50,000 prize; the Intel Innovators Facebook fan that accumulates the most “social capital” will award another $50,000 to one of the five finalists.  In addition, selected finalists will receive a state-of-the-art Intel®-inspired Ultrabook™, the Asus Zenbook UX31E, and an invitation to NCIIA’s VentureLab, a hands-on mentorship program designed to enhance the success of finalists’ new businesses.

 

“At Intel, we are on a constant quest to fuel innovation of all kinds.  We never fail to be impressed by the power of the human imagination or the millions of people who are fueling the future with their amazing ideas,” Conrad said. “We are especially excited and motivated by this new generation of entrepreneurs. Through the new Intel Innovators program, we can show our commitment to these entrepreneurs by providing tools and resources to help them pursue their visions. We think we will see some very cool ideas."

 

Today, Intel Innovators invites all Facebook users to weigh in on the top 20 ideas submitted. Submissions for Intel Innovators opened on Nov. 1. In the first month hundreds of ideas were submitted, spanning diverse fields and topics including business-to-business solutions, medical research innovations, and revolutionary social networking site proposals, and this number is continuing to grow exponentially.

 

Intel Innovators is the latest in Intel’s entrepreneurship initiatives, which also include programs such as the Intel Global Challenge at UC Berkeley, a global business plan competition that encourages student entrepreneurs and rewards innovative ideas that have the potential to have a positive impact on society.

 

About Intel
Intel (NASDAQ: INTC) is a world leader in computing innovation. The company designs and builds the essential technologies that serve as the foundation for the world’s computing devices. Additional information about Intel is available at newsroom.intel.com and blogs.intel.com.

 

Intel and the Intel logo are trademarks of Intel Corporation in the United States and other countries.

 

* Other names and brands may be claimed as the property of others.

Starting today Facebook users can weigh in on the top ideas submitted by young entrepreneurs through a new social platform called “Intel Innovators.” Submissions of business ideas and startup plans by adults 18-24 years old continue to span such diverse fields and topics as business-to-business solutions, medical research innovations and revolutionary social networking site proposals. The objective is to grow a fanbase, receive real-time feedback and have a chance to win startup capital from Intel. For the next 3 months, cash prizes will be awarded to participants with the best tech-based ideas according to an expert panel of judges. Together, the judges will award one $50,000 prize; the Intel Innovators Facebook fan that accumulates the most “social capital” will award another $50,000 to one of the five finalists. Selected finalists also will receive an Intel®-inspired Ultrabook™, the Asus Zenbook UX31E, and an invitation to NCIIA’s VentureLab, a hands-on mentorship program. This program will officially be announced at noon PST today during a live webcast hosted by Deborah Conrad, chief marketing officer at Intel.

The application of technology in the classroom can alter the way how students learn. With PCs powered by the Intel Atom processor, classrooms in countries like Argentina, Macedonia, Georgia and Portugal are not just putting technology into schools, they are changing lives. However, countries need to choose the right technology solutions to really make a difference in their education system. Paige Johnson, Education Strategist for Intel, blogs on her observations as educational institutions across the globe increasingly embrace technology in classrooms and challenges they are facing.

Take look at major technology trends from 2011 and new technology highlights such as the introduction of Intel’s 3-D Tri-Gate transistors, Ultrabook™ and much more. Curious about what Intel and other industry leaders see as technology trends for 2012? From big data to the “gamification” and “screenification” of everything, to security breaches in the cloud, Intel and industry leaders and technologists predict what trends will make headlines in 2012 and imagine the future of technology.

Intel just launched its Level Up 2011 Game Demo Contest, providing independent and student game developers an opportunity to show off their skills and pwn the competition. The most exciting addition to this year’s contest is that Valve Software has teamed up with us as a sponsor. The winning demos will be put on the Steam Demo site and the winners will have an opportunity to sign a commercial distribution contract with Steam® once they have produced a complete game based on their winning demo. See the Official Rules for the details. Get your game demo published on Steam!

Ever wonder where all your hard-earned money went last month? As the holidays roll around, check out these apps from the Intel AppUpSM center that will help you find deals, create a budget and save money without having to sink to Scrooge’s miserly ways. Save Benjis lets you compare prices on millions of products from hundreds of stores. iDeals elegantly brings the best deals from the most popular sites to your desktop. MoneyBag Pro will help you manage all your financial transactions, review spending budgets and understand spending and savings patterns.

1.5% of the world’s energy power is consumed by data centers across the globe, costing their owners $27 billion annually. Up to 50% of those electricity costs are generated by cooling and uninterruptable power supplies (UPS). By simply increasing the data center ambient temperature by 5 degrees Celsius, one can save 20% of the spending, translating to more than $2 billion savings worldwide if all data centers did this. Read more about Intel’s current and future data center technologies that enable IT managers to save up to 40% of data center annual operating costs.

As you prepare for your holiday travels, don’t leave home without packing some interesting reads in your bag. With these reading apps from the Intel AppUpSM center, you have access to millions of books in your carry-on without defying airline weight restrictions. Read from your netbook with ReadBooks, choose from more than two million titles with Nook for PC or access more than 100,000 free novels, fan fiction, short stories and poetry with Wattpad.

Intel kicked off a pilot program with Civic Ventures offering an Encore Fellowship program to all retirement-eligible employees in the U.S.  Encore Fellowships are paid, time-limited assignments that match skilled and experienced professionals at the end of their midlife careers with local nonprofits. Civic Ventures, a nonprofit based in San Francisco, created the concept Encore Fellowships.

Intel today released the Intel® Embedded Software Development Tool Suite 2.3, which supports the latest Intel® Atom™ processor-based platforms and optimizations. This release updates all key software components in the embedded tool suite and adds support for devices based on the Yocto Project*. The updated components include the compiler, performance libraries as well as the analysis and debug tools. The new version allows embedded software developers to quickly assess, stabilize, debug and optimize system and application code for embedded devices in order to maximize performance and power savings.

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