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Here come the 'first' 46nm DRAM modules

Posted: 09 Feb 2009 ?? ?Print Version ?Bookmark and Share

Keywords:46nm Wordline? functional module memory? 2Gbit DRAM DDR3?

Qimonda AG has announced the "first" functional modules based on the smallest 2Gbit memory chip ever announced in the DRAM industry. The new 2Gbit DDR3 DRAM is based on the company's 46nm Buried Wordline technology and has a die size of less than 55mm?, a significant improvement in productivity compared with today's technologies.

The company originally intended to start commercial production of the new chip by mid-2009 and is actively seeking financing partners to enable this timeline. Recently, Intel Corp. recognized Qimonda's position in DDR3 technology and awarded the company for its engagement.

Qimonda's 46nm technology will triple the number of chips per wafer compared with the current 75nm technology. At the same time, the chip is expected to significantly reduce power consumption by up to 75 percent in high-density DDR3 modules. The new technology is the ideal platform to boost the market's conversion from DDR2 to DDR3 technology predicted for mid-2009. Qimonda's technology road map complements this conversion.

"With the first functional chips on 46nm, Qimonda shows the potential to regain technology leadership in the DRAM industry," said Kin Wah Loh, Qimonda president and CEO. "The new 2Gbit DDR3 is expected to significantly increase our productivity and reduce our cost per bit once it is ramped up in production. In addition, the new chip is ideally suited for high-density DDR3 server modules and will put us in the position of the energy efficiency leader in the market."

"Qimonda delivered DDR3 memory modules that are industry-leading in performance and power, allowing optimal system performance on Intel platforms," said Pat Gelsinger, senior VP at Intel and general manager of its digital enterprise group, during a recent award ceremony.

Qimonda takes an important step towards establishing the viability of the core development and production capabilities of the company. This is a critical element in the search for new investors.

No final decisions have yet been taken concerning the future structure of the company, including whether those of its businesses that can be continued will be held through Qimonda AG or placed in a new company owned by new investors. In the latter case, or if investors cannot be found to finance the continuation of Qimonda's businesses, Qimonda AG would likely be liquidated.

- Henri Arnold
EE Times Europe

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