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Numonyx becomes official

31 March 2008 | By Síle Mc Mahon | News > Fab Management

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NumonyxThe delayed formation of Numonyx, a spin-off of loss-making non-volatile memory business units of Intel Corporation and STMicroelectronics that involves private equity firm Francisco Partners, has officially been launched as a standalone entity. Depending on classification, Numonyx becomes the third largest non-volatile memory manufacturer with revenues of approximately $3 billion, according to Q407 figures from iSuppli Corp., down approximately $600 million from 2006 combined revenues. 

Numonyx will be headquartered in Switzerland and incorporated in the Netherlands. Brian Harrison (pictured), formerly VP and GM of the Flash Memory Group for Intel, has been appointed CEO of Numonyx, while Mario Licciardello, previously Corporate VP and GM of STMicroelectronics’ Flash Memories Group has been appointed COO. The number of employees has been put at 7,000, down from an initial 8,000 with approximately 2,500 former Intel employees.

Intel will have a 45.1 percent ownership in Numonyx; ST Microelectronics take a 48.6 percent share; and Francisco Partners gains a 6.3 percent ownership interest at a cost of $150 million in cash.

Numonyx will start operations with $450 million of debt financing from Intesa Sanpaolo S.p.A and Unicredit Banca d’Impresa S.p.A. The loans have a 4-year term, guaranteed by both Intel and STMicroelectronics equally. A $100 million revolving credit facility has also been established.

The original financing, announced in May 2007, called on a $1.3 billion term loan and $250 million revolving credit facility.

Numonyx claims to start operations with six 200mm and three 300mm wafer fabs, including Numonyx-owned facilities in Israel, Italy and Singapore. The Company also announced that it was in volume production at the 65nm node with NOR flash memory. Numonyx plans to start migrating to the 45nm node by the end of 2008.

Currently, Numonyx is dependent on floating gate flash technology but is expected to further invest in Phase Change Memory for sub-45nm nodes, as floating gate does not, it is believed, cost-effectively scale to smaller geometries.

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