Russia is eyeing Qimonda ?!

    Vladimir Putin in Dresden held talks with the President of Saxony, Stanislaw Tillich, after which the Saxon administration said that Russia might be interested in buying a bankrupt producer of DRAM.
    An indirect confirmation of this statement is the presence at the talks of Viktor Khristenko, whom the Russian prime minister asked to control the process of evaluating the company.

    At the same time, Qimonda itself does not confirm this information, but does not refute it, noting that there have not yet been official requests from Russian companies, however, there are Russian companies in the list of potential buyers that the company’s management is going to contact.

    Observers note that Putin spent many years in Dresden during his work with the KGB and informal contacts with the government of Saxony may be useful for a possible deal.

    Based on EETimes materials

    , I note from myself that Qimonda possesses (possessed, or rather) quite advanced technology (50-60 nm), as well as innovative buried wordline technology (which explains video by reference), which allows improving chip parameters without reducing the size of an individual transistor. The technology is very interesting and Asian manufacturers have not yet had time to copy develop its analogue. Unfortunately, the company managed to introduce technologies into production too late, and this did not help her avoid bankruptcy. Thus, in terms of technology acquisition, buying Qimonda is the right step at the right time.

    However, if we consider a possible purchase as an investment, everything does not look rosy.
    The DRAM market (and memory in general) has been in a deep depression for 2 years. The main reason is too high competition and hard dumping of market leaders (Samsung in the first place). Given the cheapness (and relative quality, when it comes to Korea or Taiwan), the workforce will not be able to compete in production with the Asians. In Russia, among other things, there simply are no necessary specialists; they will need to be either taught for a long time or expensive to hire.
    Therefore, no matter how regrettable, if you do not mean the reorientation of production, Russia's investment in Qimonda can be used only for drinking budget money ...

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