Qimonda, technical university open doors to non-profit research lab
The product of a partnership between Germany-based memory maker Qimonda AG and the Technical University of Dresden, a new research lab in the form of a non-profit company, the Nano Electronic Materials Laboratory nonprofit GmbH (NaMLab), has been finished after 11 months of construction.
According to a statement released Monday by Qimonda and the university, NaMLab is the first company in the form of a "non-private public partnership," meaning that it emerged from partnership between a technical university and an industrial company.
"We strengthen this joint venture with the position of Dresden as a major research center for nanoelectronics," Loh Kin Wah, Qimonda's CEO, said in a statement. "It should help give us the best brains to win."
At the site, a 300-mm fab and a large research and development (R&D) center operates, and 300 acres of large clean room are available. Twenty seven researchers and staff will focus on researching the development of new nanoelectronic materials, the duo said.
Qimonda and the university first agreed to undertake the JV in July 2006. The construction of the building came from a $7 million (5 million Euros) investment from the Saxon State Ministry of Science and the Arts and the EU Structural Funds.
The European government has been generous with high tech companies wishing to build outposts in Dresden, the capital city of Germany's state of Saxony, in an effort to give the area a much-needed financial boost. According to the latest data from the State Ministry for Economic Affairs and Labor, the state of Saxony's unemployment rate was at 14.2 percent as of June. In July, the European Commission authorized $361 million (262 million Euros) in aid for the German authorities to grant to Sunnyvale, Calif.-based chipmaker AMD for the conversion and extension of its existing micro-processor wafer plants in Dresden.