Con un comunicato stampa congiunto, la nipponica Elpida Memory e la tedesca Qimonda AG, aziende operanti nel settore della produzione e della produzione di memorie, hanno reso noto di aver raggiunto un accordo finalizzato alla realizzazione di una partnership strategica. Quest'ultima riunirà le due realtà nello sviluppo di soluzioni comuni nell'ambito dei memory chip (DRAM), facendo ampio ricorso ai punti di forza della tecnologia di entrambe.
Le due compagnie puntano alla introduzione di una cella 4F prodotta in tecnologia a 40nm già nel 2010, destinata ad essere seguita da una nuova generazione a 30nm.
Tokyo/Japan, Munich/Germany - June 11, 2008 – Elpida Memory, Inc. (Tokyo SE: 6665) and Qimonda AG (NYSE:QI), both leading global memory suppliers, today announced that they have signed final contracts for a strategic technology partnership on joint development of memory chips (DRAMs). The cooperation will help each partner to accelerate and further advance the leading technology position of both companies.
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 4F2 cell concept in the 40nm generation already 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 AG. 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.
Source: Qimonda & Elpida Press Release