Aug 6 Toshiba Corp plans to build a
memory chip production factory with a total investment of 400
billion yen (about $4 billion) with SanDisk Corp, the
Toshiba plans to make chips of 16-17 nanometers circuit line
width at the new plant to gain an edge over Samsung Electronics
Co by making more chips from a single silicon wafer,
the business paper said.
The chips made at the factory now have a width of 19nm.
The new facility, expected to start production in the next
fiscal year, would raise the plant's capacity by about 20
percent from an estimated monthly equivalent of 450,000 300mm
wafers, Nikkei reported.
Toshiba and SanDisk, who have a joint venture to make NAND
flash memory, will split the bill for a new building on the
grounds of their plant in Yokkaichi, Mie Prefecture, the
Japanese newspaper said.
This would be Toshiba's first major investment to increase
production in nearly two years, Nikkei said.