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SanDisk, Qimonda to develop MCPs for mobile apps

Posted: 27 Apr 2007 ?? ?Print Version ?Bookmark and Share

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SanDisk Corp. and Qimonda AG signed an agreement to jointly develop and manufacture multichip packages (MCPs), targeting the growing market for high capacity, integrated memory solutions in data-intensive mobile applications.

"Through this partnership, each of our companies is leveraging the technical skills, IP and capacity investments of its partner to offer an integrated, competitive solution for our respective customers," said Eli Harari, chairman and CEO at SanDisk.

Under the agreement, SanDisk's NAND flash and controllers and Qimonda's low power mobile DRAM will be used to develop the MCPs. The agreement will be executed through a jointly-owned company based in Portugal, subject to closing conditions, including regulatory approvals.

Qimonda and SanDisk will sell the MCPs through their existing sales channels to mobile handset manufacturers.

Engineering samples of the product will be available for evaluation in the second half, with mass production planned by the end of 2007.

According to iSuppli, MCPs continue to be the preferred package type for placing embedded memory into mobile handsets. iSuppli projects MCP revenues in the mobile handset market to reach $9 billion by 2011, with NAND and mobile DRAM combinations being the vast majority of memory shipped in MCPs.

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