Intel will begin producing flash memory chips based on 0.18 micron technology later this year.
The chip giant said the process was the same as that currently used to produce its high end processors. Production of the flash memory will initially take place at Intel's New Mexico fab facility, which it recently acquired from Rockwell.
Ron Smith, vice president and general manager for Intel's wireless communications and computing group, said: "The advantage of the 0.18 micron manufacturing process is that it enables more effective bandwidth and higher memory. It also results in lower voltage which helps with power consumption, which is especially advantageous in small form factors."
He added that most of the company's flash memory production was used by the cellular phone industry.
"This is our biggest single play in this market and we will quadruple our supply from 1999 to 2001," he said.
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