Micron breaks ground on “multi-billion dollar” cleanroom expansion


US-based semiconductor giant to expand NAND flash memory fabrication plant in Singapore

Aerial shot of Micron Fab 10 expanded facility. Photo as seen on Micron's website

Micron Technology, the US-headquartered global electronics corporation, has broken ground on a multi-billion dollar cleanroom expansion in Singapore. The investment, built on a 165,000 sq m land plot adjacent to its Fab 10, an existing manufacturing complex for NAND flash memory fabrication.

This is the second expansion to take place at this Micron’s facility (pictured) in Singapore. In September 2016, the company added approximately 255,000 square feet to the site facility, almost doubling the cleanroom space.

According to the company’s announcement, the facility will be equipped over the next five-plus years and will create more than 1,000 jobs to its existing workforce of 7,500 in Singapore.

Speaking at the breaking-ground ceremony held on Wednesday (4 April), Sanjay Mehrotra, president and chief executive of Micron Technology, told the gathering: "Over the past 20 years, Micron has invested more than US$15 billion in Singapore. The 3D NAND flash we create here is at the leading edge of all flash today -- and it is a highly complex semiconductor to build. Our flash has 64 layers of data cells and is manufactured through many, many precision process steps.

"The cleanroom we are launching today (...)will allow us to continue to advance our technology to even more intricate designs."

Construction of the new facility is expected to be completed in mid-2019, with initial wafer output planned for the fourth quarter of 2019.

Micron produces many forms of semiconductor devices. With more than 7,500 employees, the company is one of the largest electronics employers in Singapore to date.

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The company operates two wafer fabrication sites, in North Coast and Woodlands, which are the largest manufacturing footprint outside of the United States. These fabs account for a significant majority of Micron’s NAND fab capacity.