What an exciting day it was for the Micron family as we marked the expansion of our 3D NAND flash memory fabrication operations at North Coast Drive in Singapore on 14 August 2019! The grand opening ceremony was hosted by Micron President and CEO Sanjay Mehrotra, EVP of Global Operations Manish Bhatia, VP and Singapore Country Manager Chen Kok Sing, and attended by more than 500 guests, including customers, suppliers, local government officials, community partners and team members. We welcomed Singapore Deputy Prime Minister and Minister of Finance Heng Swee Keat as our guest of honor.
Singapore is Micron’s NAND Center of Excellence and primary manufacturing location for leading-edge NAND technology nodes. This Fab 10 expansion brings together product engineering, technology development, manufacturing and quality functions in one location. It will provide greater flexibility for the implementation of advanced 3D NAND technology, which is a crucial part of accelerating innovative advancements such as artificial intelligence (AI), machine learning and autonomous transportation.
“Singapore is our center of excellence for flash manufacturing and a critical contributor to our business success on a global level,” said Micron President and CEO Sanjay Mehrotra, “Future generations of increasingly complex 3D NAND memory architectures will require more processing steps, and more cleanroom space, to deliver the cost-effective and high-capacity memory products our customers have come to expect. This expansion gives our team the tools they need to scale while streamlining processes and operations; to optimize resources and address dynamic market needs.
This expansion is yet another example of Micron’s strong partnership with the Singapore government and Economic Development Board (EDB) that goes as far back as 1998. Our long-term investments here will allow us to give our team members access to new opportunities, as well as attract top new talent that offers diverse experience, perspectives and backgrounds. These capabilities are indispensable in the ever-competitive memory and storage business.
“Micron’s multi-billion dollar investment here is also a signal of your continued confidence in Singapore’s long-term fundamentals and in our partnership over the years,” said Deputy Prime Minister and Minister for Finance Heng Swee Keat. “As a country with no natural resources, people are our most critical resource. I am glad that Micron is bringing the best out of your workers, and offering them good jobs.”
Bringing technology to life
As part of the ceremony activities, a hands-on Experience Zone tying in with the theme of Intelligence Accelerated was set up to demonstrate Micron’s role in advancing AI and machine learning to enable smart living for business, lifestyle and health. Along with this, the interactive stations also offered insight on smart manufacturing, the manufacture of 3D NAND and included a simulated tour of the new expansion facility.
VIPs were also treated to a ride aboard an autonomous vehicle that was the result of collaboration between the National University of Singapore (NUS) Advanced Robotics Center and Micron team members. Funded by the Micron Foundation, the vehicle was developed within six months by four NUS undergraduates with the support of three Micron team members, none of whom possessed prior industrial experience of autonomous vehicle technology.
Building for the future
The autonomous vehicle project reinforces Micron’s commitment to promoting science, technology, engineering and math (STEM) education through the Micron Foundation which in October 2018 launched the Advancing Curiosity program, a US$1 million grant for universities and non-profit organizations tackling some of AI’s greatest challenges. As part of this program, the Foundation has awarded NUS a grant of about S$101,000 to inspire STEM learning. Taking the efforts further, the Foundation also provided S$50,000 in funding support to the Nanyang Technological University’s Institute for Science and Technology for Humanity program, which seeks to address critical issues confronting society and humanity at large in the era of rapid technological transformation.
We are proud to be playing a part in enhancing the efficiency and competitiveness of Singapore, and building the next generation of talent. As our operations and community presence in Singapore take deeper root, we look forward to bringing more on board to be part of our journey and giving back to the vibrant local technology ecosystem and society at large.