Intel and Micron have disclosed that in the future they will work independently with regards to 3D NAND. This comes after jointly developing NAND technologies for some time. The two firms will however complete the development of the current 3D NAND technology which is in the third generation and which is expected to be delivered before the end of this calendar year.
“Intel and Micron have had a long-term successful partnership that has benefited both companies, and we’ve reached a point in the NAND development partnership where it is the right time for the companies to pursue the markets we’re focused on,” a general manager and senior vice president at Intel Corporation, Rob Crooke, said.
The decision by the two countries to forthwith work independently is to allow for better optimization of the products and technology with a view to meeting the individual business needs of each of the two firms. Micron and Intel will in the meantime continue the joint development and manufacture of 3D XPoint technology in the joint venture facility located in Lehi, Utah. Currently the facility is exclusively focused on the production of 3D XPoint memory technology.
The announcement by Intel and Micron coincides with the former disclosed that it is partnering with SAIC Motor, a Chinese car maker, in the development of autonomous vehicles. Additionally Intel will partner with NavInfo, a Chinese mapping firm, and this will help the chipmaker navigate around the restrictions that have been placed on foreign firms in the world’s most populous country with regards to mapping data that is required to operate driverless cars meaningfully.
Road Experience Management
The partnership between Intel and SAIC will see the cars made by the Chinese automaker fitted with sophisticated driver assistance systems which are necessary when braking in emergencies as well as navigating highways and traffic. Under the partnership deal SAIC Motor will get access to the Road Experience Management tech that Mobileye, an Intel subsidiary has developed.
The Mobileye technology pulls images as well as other data from cameras that are embedded in the vehicle in order to create a high-definition map which is updated in real-time.SAIC vehicles will also get data on potholes, road closures, weather and obstacles all of which will be crowdsourced. The map will complement the cameras and sensors inbuilt into the driverless car.
Besides Intel, SAIC is also partnering with auto manufacturers such as BMW and Fiat Chrysler. SAIC Motor has also entered into a partnership with Waymo, the self-driving car unit of Alphabet.