Infineon Enters Flash Memory Market - 512Mbit Flash Chip Introduced

Jan 7, 2004 | Technology Media

Munich, Germany – January 7, 2004 – Infineon Technologies (FSE/NYSE: IFX) today launched the world’s first NAND compatible flash chip based on TwinFlash™ technology. The 512Mbit flash chip has been developed by Infineon Technologies Flash GmbH & Co. KG, a joint venture of Infineon Technologies and Saifun Semiconductors. Initial production has started in Infineon’s 200mm DRAM Dresden facility.

“Infineon has expanded its memory product portfolio significantly by including flash and can now allocate its memory production capacities flexibly between DRAM and flash,” explained Dr. Harald Eggers, CEO of Infineon’s Memory Products Business Group. “The TwinFlash technology allows us to produce flash chips on the existing equipment used for DRAM manufacturing and consequently to enter a new market with basically no investment in manufacturing equipment.”

TwinFlash is realized in Saifun NROM® technology, a leading edge non-volatile memory technology developed by Saifun Semiconductors and proven in the past as basis for NOR-Flash and EEPROM, which stores two (Twin) locally separated bits in one transistor cell. Compared to competing single-bit-per-cell floating gate technologies with equivalent process structures TwinFlash offers 40% smaller die sizes due to its two-bit-per-cell approach and less mask levels resulting in a competitive production cost position. By end of 2004 more than 10,000 wafer starts per month on 170nm technology are planned. The next TwinFlash technology node with feature sizes of only 110nm is being developed to further improve cost position and to enable larger densities of up to 2Gbit.

According to Gartner Dataquest the worldwide market for NAND flash memory is expected to grow by 30.8 per cent from US-Dollar 3.36 billion in 2003 to US-Dollar 4.4 billion in 2004. Infineon aims to be among the top 3 players in the NAND market
by 2007.

“The NAND Flash market is expected to be the fastest growing memory market in the upcoming years,” said Dr. Peter Kuecher, President and Managing Director of Infineon Technologies Flash. “Infineon is introducing its TwinFlash product family just in time to benefit from this market conditions.”

The 512Mbit flash chip comes in a TSOP package and is targeting the removable solid state storage market with products like SD-, MMC-, Compact-Flash-Cards or memory sticks mainly used for Digital Still Cameras and PDAs. NAND flash is also the preferred storage medium for USB flash drives used for data exchange between PCs and notebooks or sophisticated USB-drives featuring MP3-player or integrated Digital Still Cameras. NAND flash chips are able to transfer data with high speed which allows recording and the replay of sound and video in real time. As these features become more important for the latest mobile phones data flash devices will be increasingly deployed by mobile phone manufacturers.

About Infineon

Infineon Technologies AG, Munich, Germany, offers semiconductor and system solutions for the automotive and industrial sectors, for applications in the wired communications markets, secure mobile solutions as well as memory products. With a global presence, Infineon operates in the US from San Jose, CA, in the Asia-Pacific region from Singapore and in Japan from Tokyo. In fiscal year 2003 (ending September), the company achieved sales of Euro 6.15 billion with about 32,300 employees worldwide. Infineon is listed on the DAX index of the Frankfurt Stock Exchange and on the New York Stock Exchange (ticker symbol: IFX). Further information is available at www.infineon.com.

About Infineon Technologies Flash

Infineon Technologies Flash GmbH & Co. KG was founded in 2003 and is a joint venture of Infineon Technologies AG and Saifun Semiconductors Ltd. with headquarters in Dresden. Infineon owns 70 percent and Saifun 30 percent of the joint venture. Infineon Flash integrated Infineon's DRAM and Saifun's flash expertise in a new and innovative product line named TwinFlash™.

TwinFlash is based on the Saifun NROM® technology, a leading edge non-volatile memory (NVM) technology developed by Saifun Semiconductors Ltd.

Saifun Semiconductors Contact:

Merav Shulman
Tel: 972-9-892-8444 Ext. # 481, Fax: 972-9-892-8445
Email: meravs@saifun.com

Information Number

INFMP200401.024

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  • Infineon Technologies launched the world's first NAND compatible flash chip  based on TwinFlash technology. The 512Mbit Twin-NAND is realized in Saifun  NROM(r) technology which stores two (Twin) locally separated bits in one transistor cell.
    Infineon Technologies launched the world's first NAND compatible flash chip based on TwinFlash technology. The 512Mbit Twin-NAND is realized in Saifun NROM(r) technology which stores two (Twin) locally separated bits in one transistor cell.
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