TOKYO--(BUSINESS WIRE)--Kioxia Corporation today commenced operation of two new R&D facilities — the Flagship Building at the Yokohama Technology Campus and the Shin-Koyasu Technology Front — strengthening the company’s research and development capabilities in flash memory and solid-state drives (SSDs). Going forward, other R&D functions in Kanagawa Prefecture will be relocated to these new R&D hubs to improve research efficiency and promote further advancement in technological innovation.
With the addition of the new Flagship Building, the Yokohama Technology Campus will almost double in size, allowing Kioxia to expand its capabilities in evaluating flash memory and SSD products, thereby enhancing overall product development and product quality. Equipped with environmentally-friendly facilities, the Flagship Building has also acquired ZEB-Ready certification,1 which is given to buildings that reduce energy consumption by 50% or more through improved energy efficiency.
The Shin-Koyasu Technology Front will serve as a hub for cutting-edge basic research in a wide range of semiconductor areas, including new materials, processes and devices. It features a state-of-the-art clean room with an environmentally-friendly design.
Masaki Momodomi, Chief Technology Officer at Kioxia Corporation, stated, “we are very pleased that Kioxia’s new R&D facilities are now operational. Kioxia has been leading the innovation in memory products for more than 35 years since our invention of NAND flash memory. With both of these new facilities, we will further accelerate and deepen our research and development activities to provide products, services, and technologies that will support the digital society of the future.”
In addition to next generation memory technologies, Kioxia also engages in R&D in various fields, including system technology looking ahead to data-centric computing system and digital transformation such as AI. Kioxia promotes open innovation with universities, research institutes, and companies in Japan and abroad.
Under its mission of “uplifting the world with ‘memory’”, Kioxia is committed to developing initiatives that will strengthen the competitiveness of its flash memory and SSD businesses.
Yokohama Technology Campus Flagship Building
Location: Kasama 2-chome, Sakae-ku, Yokohama-shi, Kanagawa Prefecture
Height: 6 stories
Total floor area: Approx. 40,000 m2
Shin-Koyasu Technology Front
Location: Moriya-cho 3-chome, Kanagawa-ku, Yokohama-shi, Kanagawa Prefecture
Height: 4 stories
Total floor area: Approx. 13,000 m2
1 ZEB stands for net-Zero Energy Building. “ZEB-Ready” is one of the grades assigned by Japan’s Building Energy-efficiency Labeling System, certifying buildings that provide a comfortable indoor environment while reducing their standard primary energy consumption by 50% or more, excluding renewable energy.
Kioxia is a world leader in memory solutions, dedicated to the development, production and sale of flash memory and solid-state drives (SSDs). In April 2017, its predecessor Toshiba Memory was spun off from Toshiba Corporation, the company that invented NAND flash memory in 1987. Kioxia is committed to uplifting the world with memory by offering products, services and systems that create choice for customers and memory-based value for society. Kioxia's innovative 3D flash memory technology, BiCS FLASH™, is shaping the future of storage in high-density applications, including advanced smartphones, PCs, SSDs, automotive and data centers.