SOURCE: Qimonda

May 22, 2006 13:17 ET

Qimonda Engineer Receives Prestigious Award for Role in Designing Advanced Computer Memory Chips

BURLINGTON, VT -- (MARKET WIRE) -- May 22, 2006 -- Qimonda, a world-leading supplier of memory products, today announced that one of its principal engineers, Oliver Kiehl, has been recognized by the JEDEC Solid State Technology Association for his technical contributions to defining the standards that are widely used in computer memory chips today. JEDEC (formerly known as the Joint Electron Device Engineering Council) is the world's leading standards development organization for the semiconductor industry.

The JEDEC 2005 Technical Recognition Award recognizes Kiehl's long-standing achievements in chip design. Specifically, the award cites "...his major contribution in defining the DDR, DDR2 and DDR3 Synchronous DRAM specifications that are universally used throughout the semiconductor industry."

Dynamic Random Access Memory (DRAM) is the main type of computer memory chip used in laptops, desktops and servers today, and it is also used in applications such as game consoles and mobile phones. DDR stands for Double Data Rate, a type of DRAM technology introduced around 2000. DDR2 and DDR3 represent the second and third generations of this technology, with each generation doubling the peak data rate of its predecessor.

Qimonda is the number two global supplier of DRAM, according to the most recent market data published by iSuppli (April 2006).

"We are extremely pleased and honored that JEDEC has chosen Oliver Kiehl for its technical recognition award," said Alan Walker, head of Qimonda's Sunrise Development Center in Burlington, Vt., where Kiehl is based. "The award recognizes all his hard work in defining the DDR, DDR2 and DDR3 standards, which have benefited computer users throughout the world with improved memory chips."

Kiehl, who has almost two decades of experience in the semiconductor industry, has a Ph.D. degree in electrical engineering from the Technical University of Munich, Germany.


JEDEC is the world's leading standards development organization for the semiconductor industry. 2700 representatives of some 270 member companies actively participate on 50 committees, developing standards to meet every segment of the industry. JEDEC is the standards arm of the Electronic Industries Alliance, which represents 2100 companies in all areas of the electronics industry.

About Qimonda

Qimonda AG, the new memory company carved out of Infineon Technologies AG on May 1, 2006, took the number-two position in global DRAM sales in the first quarter of the calender year 2006 (according to preliminary estimates of the industry research firm iSuppli). Currently a wholly owned subsidiary of Infineon, Qimonda is headquartered in Munich, and generated net sales of EUR 2.8 billion in its 2005 financial year. Qimonda has approximately 12,000 employees worldwide and access to five 300mm manufacturing sites on three continents, and it operates five major R&D facilities, including its lead R&D center in Dresden. With a historical emphasis on PC and server products, the company is now also focusing on products for graphics, mobile and consumer applications using its power saving trench technology. Further information is available at

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