10-4 A single human hair is about 0.1 (one tenth) of a millimeter wide.
0.1 millimeter = 100,000nm (100 thousand nanometers)
10-5 A red blood cell is only 10 micrometers wide.
10 micrometers = 10,000nm (10 thousand nanometers)
10-6 A lone bacteria cell is roughly 1 micrometer wide.
1 micrometer = 1,000nm (1 thousand nanometers)
A virus particle is 0.1 (one tenth) of a micrometer wide.
0.1 micrometer = 100nm (1 hundred nanometers)
The diameter of a DNA double strand is about 3 nanometers wide.
A sugar molecule is close to 1 nanometer wide.
A carbon atom is 0.1 (one tenth) of a nanometer wide. We are building things 20 nanometers wide.
We make the most technologically advanced flash memory in the world. IM Flash is a joint venture formed by Intel and Micron in 2006. We're located in Lehi, Utah, just 30 minutes south of Salt Lake City and have a brilliant workforce of over 1700 strong.
The tiniest little particles can upset the process of making a high-performing chip. Our clean rooms have less than 100 particles per cubic foot compared to a hospital's 10,000 particles.
To help keep contamination to a minimum we do many things, such as wearing stylish bunny suits like this:
Goggles protect your eyes and are worn at all times in the manufacturing fabrication (fab) area. And they make a fashion statement.
CAP OR HOOD
Keeps human gunk (skin, hair, clothing fibers, and any other particles) from contaminating our wafers.
GOWN OR "BUNNY SUIT"
Carbon filament helps reduce static field generation and contains dust, airborne microbes, and aerosol particles. Wearing this makes you look totally cool.
Synthetic gloves help keep the fab environment pristine and safe for wafer production. You'll feel like a doctor.
BOOTIES OR SHOE COVERS
Booties slip over your shoes and help prevent electrostatic discharge (ESD) which may damage our sensitive chips.
We use a proprietary process to create flash memory chips. Wafers are super sensitive and human hands are never allowed to touch the delicate material because we, as humans, are dirty. We all produce oil. Oil and wafers don't mix.
Letting our robots do the work keeps our wafers and our people safe (and safety is one of our highest priorities).
A Safe Working Environment is Job #1
Our people are our biggest asset and we take pride in workplace safety. In fact, we won the Utah Manufacturer's Association's "Award of Excellence" for outstanding performance in creating a safe workplace environment.
Building the perfect wafer involves a masterful symphony of layering. Each wafer we create is moved by our automated robots through more than 800 processes over several weeks.
We have over 1800 team members who fill the halls at our campus in Lehi, UT. Our dynamic, fast-paced environment provides fresh challenges for brilliant minds.
With the backdrop of Mount Timpanogos, IM Flash sits squarely among some of the most scenic areas around. Just minutes from downtown Salt Lake City and Park City, our team members enjoy access to all the amenities and variety big cities have to offer—professional sports, recreation, theater, ballet, and so much more. Hear why some of our team members definitely think Utah—and IM Flash—is the place to be.
They say it takes a village to raise a child. We believe it takes a diverse group of curiosity seekers to create a memory chip that smacks the competition.
200+ team members have military experience from all branches of service.
GOLDEN KEY FREEDOM AWARD
IM Flash was honored to receive the Golden Key Freedom award which is presented by the Utah Governer's committee for support of military veterans