Micron Technology announced its addition of new cleanroom space for production of its 3D NAND flash memory products, The Straits Times reports.

Additionally, the new facility is expected to create 1,000 new jobs in Singapore and will be equipped over the next five years or more. The new roles will comprise mainly engineers and technicians related to research and development (R&D) and manufacturing.

On that note, Micron will also broaden its R&D capabilities in Singapore as part of its agreement with the Economic Development Board (EDB). At the event, Micron Technology president and chief executive, Sanjay Mehrotra, commented: "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,” he continued.

Mehrotra added that the new cleanroom will allow Micron to continue to advance its technology to even more intricate designs. The report stated that construction of the new facility is expected to complete in the middle of next year - with initial wafer output expected later that year.

IS Iswaran, minister for trade and industry, who graced the ceremony, said in his speech: “With more than 7,500 employees, Micron is now one of the largest electronics employers in Singapore today.  The two wafer fabrication sites in North Coast and Woodlands form Micron’s largest manufacturing footprint outside of the United States, and already account for a significant majority of Micron’s NAND fab capacity.”

According to the minister, manufacturing has been and will remain a key component of Singapore’s economy. He commented: We are committed to sustain a globally competitive manufacturing sector, contributing to about 20% of our gross domestic product (GDP) over the medium to long term.  This goal was reiterated in the electronics industry transformation map (ITM) which was launched last September. To attain this goal, we need to transform our existing manufacturing base through the adoption of advanced manufacturing technologies to ensure the long term competitiveness of the sector.”

“Micron has been a part of this transformation journey in many ways, be it through the adoption of innovative technologies such as advanced analytics and artificial intelligence to improve productivity, or its investment in training opportunities for its employees. As changes in technology increasingly disrupt business models and the nature of jobs, our people must also adapt, have the right skills and knowledge, and most importantly, be digitally confident to leverage these technologies fully,” said the minister.

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