Qimonda AG today announced first functional modules based on the smallest 2 Gigabit memory chip ever announced. The new 2 Gigabit DDR3 DRAM is based on Qimonda’s leading 46nm Buried Wordline technology and has a die size of less than 55mm². Qimonda originally intended to start commercial production of the new chip by mid 2009.

Qimonda AG (OTC: QMNDQ.PK) today announced first functional modules based on the smallest 2 Gigabit memory chip ever announced in the worldwide DRAM industry. The new 2 Gigabit DDR3 DRAM is based on Qimonda’s leading 46nm Buried Wordline technology and has a die size of less than 55mm², translating into a significant improvement in productivity compared to today’s technologies. Qimonda 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 Corporation recognized Qimonda’s leading position in DDR3 technology and awarded the company for its engagement.

Qimonda’s 46nm technology will triple the number of chips per wafer compared to 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 (Double Data Rate) 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 roadmap ideally 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, President and CEO of, Qimonda AG. “The new 2 Gigabit 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.”

Intel Corporation recognized Qimonda’s top position in DDR3 technology. “Qimonda delivered DDR3 memory modules that are industry leading in performance and power allowing optimal system performance on Intel platforms,” said Pat Gelsinger, Senior Vice President INTEL CORPORATION and General Manager, Digital Enterprise Group, during a recent award ceremony.

With today’s announcement, Qimonda takes an important step towards establishing the viability of the core development and production capabilities of the company. This is a critical element of 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.