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Infineon spin-off reveals memory roadmap

Posted: 07 Jun 2006 ?? ?Print Version ?Bookmark and Share

Keywords:Qimonda? memory? DRAM? Dave Bursky?

Qimonda AG plans to push the limits of memory technology ranging from computer DRAMs to graphics and mobile DRAMs and flash, company executives told EE Times last week.

Although the flash memory portion of Qimonda's memory business is extremely small for now, it is expected to grow as the company introduces 1- and 2Gbit devices in the near future and higher-capacity devices in late 2006 and beyond, said Ulrich Englert, director of Qimonda North America.

The Infineon spin-off will focus exclusively on memory products, offering computer DRAMs, graphics DRAMs, consumer DRAMs, mobile DRAMs, cellular RAMs and flash products, Englert said. For the DRAM portion of the business, Qimonda will offer not only chips but also dual-in-line memory modules and fully buffered DIMMs. For the FB DIMM, Qimonda provides its own advanced memory buffer chip, which Englert said offers superior test functionality.

As an independent entity, Qimonda becomes one of the top four memory suppliers, competing with the likes of Samsung Semiconductor, Elpida and Micron Technology, according to Gartner Group. CEO-designate Kin Wah Loh said he plans to leverage the spin-off's engineering expertise to expand its product offerings and customer portfolio by continually pushing the limits of technology and manufacturing.

Toward that end, Qimonda will have access to five 300mm manufacturing sites on three continents and will operate five major R&D facilities, including the lead R&D center in Dresden, Germany, Englert said. The company expects to accelerate its manufacturing efficiency through a faster transition from the 90nm node to 75nm, he said, with further process-node shifts in the works.

- Dave Bursky
EE Times

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