ATREG, a division of Colliers International, has been appointed as advisor to market the sale of the advanced 300mm manufacturing campus of Qimonda in Dresden, Germany.
The highly accessible campus, located in the State of Saxony, features a state-of-the-art 300mm semiconductor fab including 281 advanced front-end semiconductor manufacturing tools, an advanced 300mm research and development fab and 360,000 square-feet of administrative space. The campus also includes excess land which could be used to construct a mirror-image of the existing 300mm fab, potentially doubling production capacity.
ATREG will focus on finding an operational purchaser for the facility. As originally constructed, the facility was capable of producing DRAM chips with a maximum volume of approximately 10,000 wafers per week. The fully automated, world-class Qimonda Dresden 300mm wafer fab was built in 2001 and was the world's first 300mm production facility. The state-of-the-art, 300mm research & development facility was built in 2005. The world-class 300mm equipment includes hundreds of advanced front-end manufacturing tools, many of which were used in volume production at 65nm. Though production has ceased, the cleanrooms remain in a production-ready state so that a potential purchaser could restart operations quickly.
"This is a unique offering of a world-class production-ready facility. A semiconductor manufacturer has the ability to rapidly restart operations and take advantage of the strongest recovery in semiconductor market history," said Stephen Rothrock, Managing Director of ATREG. "Last year's bold move of a major US semiconductor manufacturer to acquire a similar 300mm tool line in a US bankruptcy enabled them to create the world's first 300mm analog fab. The offering in Dresden provides a unique opportunity for a semiconductor company to make a bold, strategic play," Rothrock added.
Qimonda has been a global supplier of dynamic random access memories (DRAM). Since the opening of insolvency proceedings on April 1, 2009, the production of memory chips at the Dresden site has been halted.
Experts have maintained the sophisticated facility and equipment in order to protect it from damage during the sales process.