Qimonda to work with Macronix on non-volatile push

German memory maker Qimonda has signed an agreement with Taiwan's Macronix International that will see the two companies develop a variety of non-volatile memory technologies jointly over the next five years.

German memory maker Qimonda has signed an agreement with Taiwan's Macronix International that will see the two companies develop a variety of non-volatile memory technologies jointly over the next five years.

The two companies will share development costs and contribute engineering resources and know-how but did not disclose financial terms of the agreement. Qimonda said it is bringing in its 300mm based technology and non-volatile development expertise to the programme while Macronix will contribute its know-how in flash-memory technologies. The joint development will be conducted at Qimonda's lead R&D and 300mm manufacturing facility in Dresden, Germany.

"Through the partnership with Macronix we will speed up in entering the fast-growing non-volatile memory market," said Kin Wah Loh, CEO of Qimonda. "It will help us in strengthening our competitive position as a leading memory technology developer. We are delighted to have Macronix as our partner."

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