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Institute of Memory Technology Research and Development

Message from the Director

As the most advanced R &D institute of Toshiba Memory Corporation, we explore innovative device, process and system technologies.

“To create ground-breaking innovation,” we, the Institute of Memory Technology Research and Development, are forging ahead with the most advanced R&D to realize Toshiba Memory Corporation’s Mission: to enrich people’s lives and expand society’s horizons.

We are deploying three technology development centers to develop creative technologies for Devices, Processes, and Systems in the Yokkaichi area and the Tokyo-Yokohama area.

We are pursuing the realization of brand-new innovative products three, five, and ten years down the road by developing new devices, materials, processes, TCAD, and circuit technologies for new, even higher-density 3D memories and value-added emerging memories to handle the accelerating, exploding amount of information in our society. We are also seeking to widen applications and the market through research and development of new system and software technologies to realize the new storage systems or storage computing that the big-data and IOT era requires.

Our distinctive engineers with various specializations are gathering, collaborating not only with relevant internal departments but also with various universities and research institutes in the world through open innovation, and challenging themselves toward higher goals to risk failure, sincerely, freely, and boldly.

Masaki Momodomi

Director

Institute of Memory Technology Research and Development

Organization

Organization

Overview of the Research & Development Centers

Device Technology Research & Development Center

In order to realize the most advanced memory products, it is necessary to develop new memory cell materials, structures, and devices such as transistors to operate peripheral circuits, as well as process integration technology, circuit design technology and TCAD technology.

The Device Technology Research & Development Center develops these technologies and utilizes them to develop next-generation file memory with even higher density or new nonvolatile memories such as storage-class memory. It also develops simulation programs and applies them to actual devices. It creates the concepts of brand-new memories and develops memory circuit design technology based on the concepts and designs prototype products. It also performs fundamental research of materials and structures for new memories that have yet to see the light of day, based on new concepts and physical phenomena, with a 10-year time horizon.

Location

  • Yokkaichi Operations (Yokkaichi City, Mie Prefecture, Japan)
  • Ofuna Office(Yokohama City, Kanagawa Prefecture, Japan)
  • Ofuna Office Komukai Branch (Kawasaki City, Kanagawa Prefecture, Japan)


Process Technology Research & Development Center

In order to fabricate the most advanced semiconductor devices, many process steps must be repeated that utilize the most advanced chemistry and physics. The Process Technology Research & Development Center performs R&D of deposition technology of new-material films required for the next-generation memories, new pattering technology such as NGL (next-generation lithography), mask technology, dry or wet etching technology to process new materials, deep holes and complicated structures, low-resistance metal wiring technology for high-speed memories, metrology and analysis technologies for new materials and new structures, manufacturing technology to realize them, and test production of advanced devices.

By establishing the core competence of memory technology by new processes, the Process Technology Research & Development Center aims to create valuable foundation processes, process technology that enhances the competitiveness of memory products, and transfer the process technologies to mass-production engineering departments and factories through horizontal deployment and deep cultivation.

Location

  • Yokkaichi Operations (Yokkaichi City, Mie Prefecture, Japan)
  • Ofuna Office Yokohama Branch (Yokohama City, Kanagawa Prefecture, Japan)
  • Ofuna Office Komukai Branch (Kawasaki City, Kanagawa Prefecture, Japan)


System Technology Research & Development Center

In view of the information explosion, innovation of data-centric computing systems is required in order to handle large amounts of data.

Considering new applications and markets, the System Technology Research & Development Center takes charge of R&D of software, hardware, and system technologies, taking account of leading-edge computing and data processing such as storage computing that utilizes storage systems and near-memory computing. From the system perspective, it researches how to make full use of memories and promotes R&D of fundamental technologies related to storage systems and memory systems incorporating high-value-added, next-generation memories. It is also making a concerted effort to develop application technology of AI and machine learning to support optimized and efficient circuit design or memory manufacturing, hardware technology of deep learning, interface technology that connects devices at ultra-high speed, and AI technology itself.

Location

  • Ofuna Office Semiconductor System Engineering Center Branch (Kawasaki City, Kanagawa Prefecture, Japan)
  • Ofuna Office(Yokohama City, Kanagawa Prefecture, Japan)


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