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Zentrum Mikroelektronik Dresden AG (ZMD AG) is a fabless (since March 2007) semiconductor manufacturer based in Dresden. In the 1980s, ZMD was regarded as the heart of the GDR-microelectronics research. ZMD was founded in 1961 and produced the GDR's first 1-megabyte DRAM U61000 in 1988. However, serial production was not achieved by 1990. ZMD GmbH (the predecessor of the current corporation) was founded in 1993 and in December 2001 the company became an "AG".
Since May 2009, ZMD AG uses the logo ZMDI; the company name still is Zentrum Mikroelektronik Dresden.
Today, the company has about 320 employees, of which around 150 are engineers working mainly in product development. ZMDI innovations are used in automotive and industrial electronics, medical technology and for infrared interfaces (IrDA), for example in mobile phones and laptops. The company has successfully specialized in the design, production and marketing of heavy duty, mixed analogue-digital, application-specific circuits (ASICs) and application-specific standard products (ASSPs) with low energy consumption. As a result, ZMDI has accelerated the development of the most modern mixed-signal systems on chip (SoC). The main focus of these developments is applications for the automobile sector: ZMDI has maintained a leading position in this area for several years, now and aims to be market leader for automotive sensor systems on chip for “x by wire" applications.
The company's headquarters are in Dresden, Germany. ZMDI runs sales operations in the U.S. with offices in Milpitas, California, in Stuttgart and Dresden. It has design centers in the USA, Limerick,Ireland and also in Dresden, Stuttgart and Varna, Bulgaria.
ZMDI is said to be the cradle of the Saxon microelectronics industry and is a founder of the largest European semiconductors cluster, “Silicon Saxony”, which was founded in 2000. ZMDI's CEO and President is Thilo von Selchow.