Micron Technology, Inc. : Micron and Intel NAND Technology Wins Prestigious UBM TechInsights' Semiconductor of the Year Award
04/17/2012| 04:10pm US/Eastern
th Annual Insight Awards hosted by UBM TechInsights. The
Insight Awards recognize achievements in the semiconductor
and electronics industry and are one of the most highly
regarded awards for technical innovation. Devices are
analyzed by UBM's team of experts and are subjected to a
rigorous judging process.
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Intel and Micron, through their IMFT joint development
project, created leading-edge 20nm NAND flash process
technology and products to enable new breakthroughs in
storage for consumer and compute applications. The 20nm
process is used for high-capacity, multilevel cell (MLC) NAND
flash devices, which are in volume production today. They
provide a dense, small form factor storage option for saving
music, video, e-books and other data on smartphones, tablets
and computing solutions such as solid-state drives (SSDs).
"We're honored that UBM TechInsights has chosen to
recognize our joint R&D team's efforts to create a truly
innovative breakthrough in NAND cell technology," said
Glen Hawk, vice president of Micron's NAND Solutions
Group. "Our ongoing work with Intel is driving new
horizons in nonvolatile memory and is a key foundation of our
storage technology leadership."
"The Intel-Micron joint development has been a unique
example in the industry of working together to achieve common
goals, while also pushing the technology bar to create
innovative breakthroughs," said Rob Crooke, Intel vice
president and GM of the Intel Non-Volatile Memory Solutions
Group. "We appreciate UBM's role in validating our
process and their acknowledgment that the Intel-Micron 20nm
NAND process is not only a first in flash memory process
technology, but also an overall winner in semiconductor
During the decision-making process, UBM TechInsights did
extensive analysis on the companies' 20nm MLC NAND Flash,
including examination of the device at the package and die
levels and analysis of the process technology, memory cell
configuration, and materials. Their circuit analysis verified
that the Micron/Intel Flash component was the first to be
manufactured at the 20nm process node. They also noted that
replacing the traditional silicon dioxide gate with a high-k
dielectric allowed the R&D team to reduce cell leakage while
keeping power consumption low-a must for lightweight,
"We received a record amount of entries this year
for our 10th edition of the Insight Awards, which made
determining winners for our categories very difficult,"
said Joel Martin, senior vice president of UBM Marketing and
Product Management. "It speaks to the engineering
innovation found within Intel-Micron's submission that
they were selected as Semiconductor of the Year."
For more information on the awards program, visit
view a video of the award presentation in San Jose on
Micron's Innovations Blog.
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
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About Micron Technology, Inc.
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.
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Micron and Intel's 20nm NAND was named 2011 Semiconductor
of the Year in the 10th Annual Insight Awards.
Micron and Intel executives accept the 2011 Semiconductor of
the Year award for 20nm NAND. Pictured left to right: Glen
Hawk, Micron; Harry Page, UBM; Joel Martin, UBM; Rob Crooke,