Toshiba Memory (TMC) decided to start construction of a new fab for BiCS FLASH, its 3D flash memory, in Kitakami, Iwate prefecture in July this year.
Toshiba Memory said it will relocate its headquarters to Tamachi Station Tower S in msb Tamachi district from the Hamamatsucho Building (Toshiba Building) in January 2019. The below pix is the new HQ.
The company did not reveal financial details for the investment in the new facility. Decisions on the new fab’s equipment investment, production capacity and production plan will reflect market trends, Toshiba Memory said.
Toshiba Memory said the new fab unit will meet anticipated demand for 3D flash memory that is increasing significantly on fast growing demand for enterprise SSD for datacenters and servers.
The fab, which will be completed in 2019, will have a quake absorbing structure and an environmentally friendly design that includes the latest energy saving manufacturing equipment.
Toshiba Memory said the unit will introduce an advanced production system that uses artificial intelligence (AI) to boost productivity.
Toshiba Memory expects to continue its joint venture investments based on discussion with Western Digital in the new facility.
Toshiba Memory Iwate Corporation, a subsidiary of TMC to manage the operation of the facility, plans to recruit 370 new graduates in FY2018.
Toshiba Memory will expand its memory and SSD business and boost competitiveness by investments responding to market needs, and by development of BiCS FLASH and new generation memories.