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Qimonda, Elpida finalize DRAM partnership

Posted: 13 Jun 2008 ?? ?Print Version ?Bookmark and Share

Keywords:DRAM partnership? memory chip? Qimonda-Elpida JV?

Qimonda AG and Elpida Memory Inc. have signed final contracts for a strategic technology partnership on joint development of memory chips.

Based on Qimonda's know how with the innovative Buried Wordline technology and Elpida's advanced stack capacitor technology, the companies will jointly develop technology platforms and design rules. Specifically, the companies target to introduce a jointly developed innovative 4F? cell concept in the 40nm generation in 2010 and to subsequently scale it to the 30nm generation.

Elpida and Qimonda will align their development activities at their respective sites in Hiroshima and Dresden, including the exchange of engineers. Additionally, the companies have agreed to explore joint development opportunities in the areas of through silicon via technology and future memories as well as potential manufacturing joint ventures opportunities.

Both companies have also established a broad cross-licensing of intellectual property which allows both companies to operate with complete design freedom in developing products and technology.

"Since we started talking to Elpida, both companies have built an excellent relationship based on the common understanding of technology innovation. As such, we have been able to come extremely fast to the definitive joint development agreements," said Kin Wah Loh, president and CEO of Qimonda. "Building this technology partnership with Elpida now, is another major milestone on our strategic path. After having successfully transformed Qimonda to one of the broadest DRAM product suppliers and having introduced our new breakthrough Buried Wordline technology we are now realigning the partnership structure to support our non-PC diversified business model."

"By concluding contract discussions with Qimonda in a short period of time the two companies have laid the foundation for stronger cooperation," said Yukio Sakamoto, president and CEO of Elpida. "Bringing together Elpida's and Qimonda's technologies to accelerate the development of advanced products will also help Elpida to more quickly reach its goal of becoming the world's No.1 DRAM supplier."

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