The Center for Microelectronics Dresden, Dresden was regarded in the 1980s as the heart of the East German microelectronics research. After the reunification of Germany, the facility was converted into a private company, today's semiconductor manufacturers Microelectronics Center Dresden AG ( ZMD AG shortly ).


The origin of today's company ZMD goes back to the founding of the Center for Molecular Electronics ( AME) on August 1, 1961 by Werner Hartmann. In 1969, the operation as a job for molecular electronics Dresden ( AMD) has been newly renamed; not to be confused with the established in the same year, U.S. companies AMD, which, operating from 1998 to 2009, a semiconductor factory, AMD Saxony LLC & Co. KG, Dresden. 1976, a further name change to Institute of Microelectronics Dresden ( IMD). The IMD was integrated into the combine composite since the founding of the combine microelectronics (1978). 1980 merged the IMD with the VEB Elektromat Dresden, a combine operation in composite of combine microelectronics VEB Centre for Research and Technology Microelectronics ( ZFTM ). Director of the then ZFTM, and thus responsible for about 1550 employees, Ulf Gottschling was.

In February 1986, the inclusion of ZFTM in the Kombinat Carl Zeiss Jena took place. In 1987, the parts of the VEB Elektromat a new name were spun again and VEB Research Dresden Microelectronics introduced ( ZMD). The ZMD produced in 1988 the first one megabit memory chip of the GDR, the U61000, however, reached until 1990 no serial production of the chip. For the development of this memory chips, the collective of the research center in 1988 was awarded the National Prize of the GDR.

End of June 1990, the hitherto state-owned research center with a total of about 3,000 employees were transferred to the ZMD GmbH iG and under the umbrella of Microelectronics Technology Co., Ltd. ( MTG merger of semiconductor plants Erfurt, Neuhaus, Frankfurt ( Oder) and Dresden ) assumes the THA. CEO were Dieter Landgraf- Dietz and Claus Martin.

With the help of the Saxon State Government in November 1993, the research center could be dissolved out of the MTG and privatized. The Free State of Saxony was de facto owner of the newly founded ZMD GmbH. Subsidiaries of Dresdner Bank and Commerzbank acted as stewards. The company wrote for years in the red, but was subsidized by the Free State, because the " good for the image and the industrial development of the site " is, according to the then Minister of Economic Affairs of Saxony Kajo Schommer.

In order to reduce the burden on the state budget of the Free State, the ZMD GmbH was sold in 1999 under the Managing Director Detlef Golla at the Sachsenring Automotive AG Zwickau for symbolic 2 DM.

On 18 December 2000, the conversion was ZMD GmbH into a stock corporation. With support from a group of investors ZMD AG has been solved for 128 million euros on 21 December 2000 from the Sachsenring composite and has since been an independent company again. The new owner is the Global ASIC GmbH under the umbrella of the West German Cooperative participation GmbH, today VR Equity GmbH.

Majority shareholder ( 64.9 %) is now the Global ASIC GmbH, 10 % owned by the Free State of Saxony and 25.1% of Elber GmbH under the Vielberth group. CEO of ZMD AG since 1999 until today Thilo von Selchow.

In connection with the acquisition were performed by at Sachsenring AG layoffs of employees it came to the transfer of employees by the national company QMF. In 2004, the so-called QMF scandal in the press was discussed. ZMDI could contribute as a witness to clarify the facts.

Today the company has about 333 employees worldwide, including about 180 engineers, most of whom work in product development. ZMD's developments are for example used for sensors and actuators used in automotive and industrial electronics, medical technology, as well as barometric pressure sensors in smartphones and tablets. The end of 2009 the entry began in the digital power management. This range provides products for point -of-load applications in servers, network components and telecom infrastructure applications. The company has focused on defining, developing and marketing of mixed-signal application specific integrated circuits (ASICs) and application- specific standard products now majority (ASSP ) specialized for energy efficiency applications. The company also develops mixed-signal system -on-chip (SoC ), particularly as applications for the automotive industry ("X -by-wire " ) and focuses on energy-efficient solutions.

Since May 2009, ZMD AG introduces a new logo " ZMDI ®", the company name (company) continues to be " Center for Microelectronics Dresden AG ". "Pink is the new Green " enabling energy efficiency is the new slogan.

In 2012, could ZMDI various awards for its focus on energy efficiency. These include the Frost and Sullivan Award for the intelligent battery sensor circuit ( " system in a package " in the world's smallest housing) as well as the prestigious Silver Green Apple Award for the contribution to CO2 reduction. Also report TV program with Terry Bradshaw on CNN and the Fox News Channel was ZMDI in the U.S. Environmental reports.

The company is headquartered in Dresden, as well as offices in Stuttgart, Milan, Paris, Milpitas, California and Boston, Massachusetts (USA) and Tokyo (Japan), Taipei (Republic of Taiwan ), Shenzhen (China ) and in Pan Gyo (South Korea ). ZMDI maintains design centers in Dresden, Stuttgart- Filderstadt- Bernhausen, Munich - Puchheim, in Limerick, Ireland as well as in Varna and Sofia in Bulgaria.

Sales of semiconductor manufacturing

The X -FAB Dresden (X- FAB Dresden GmbH & Co. KG ) - formerly " ZFOUNDRY " - manufactures, among other foundries, much of the silicon wafer.

ZFOUNDRY was until March 2007, a 100 percent subsidiary of ZMD AG. With the purchase of the company on 29 March 2007 X -FAB has taken over the former ZFOUNDRY. The X -FAB has registered the intended purchase of the ZFOUNDRY the Federal Cartel Office on 15 February 2007. The Federal Cartel Office has issued March 9, 2007 for the proposed acquisition of ZFOUNDRY by X -FAB a release.

On 26 March 2007, a mass meeting was held at ZMD, in which the acquisition of ZFOUNDRY was announced by X -FAB. ZFOUNDRY was incorporated as a subsidiary in the X - FAB Group, will continue to manufacture products of ZMD AG. A supply relationship has been agreed. Since 1 June 2007, the former ZFOUNDRY operates under the name X -FAB Dresden and about 400 employees. ZMD AG is a " fabless company" continues with 65 % share of value added. There are purchased only processed wafers and packages. This corresponds to the modern division of the business models for foundry enterprises and product companies ( fabless companies ).

Silicon Saxony

When the so-called " founder and father of microelectronics " in Dresden ZMD AG founded in 2000 along with 19 other companies in Saxony the association Silicon Saxony eV Thilo von Selchow is a board member of Silicon Saxony, and from 2002 to 2006 Chairman the association Silicon Saxony. He was made an honorary member of the Silicon Saxony in 2010 and 2012 awarded " Inventor of Silicon Europe".