Former AMD-Spansion fab VP moves to Ramtron

Jim Doran, who was the VP who oversaw the transformation of the AMD Dresden 300mm fabrication facility into a leading-edge technology foundry, has defected from spun-off memory company Spansion, to rival Ramtron.

Doran was Senior Vice President of Foundry Operations for AMD between 2005 to 2008 and now has had a special seat created for him, next to the window, as a board member of Ramtron.

Ramtron makes nonvolatile ferroelectric random access memory (F-RAM) and integrated semi gear.

Doran has a bit of a reputation when it comes to sorting out outfits which need expansion. After sorting out AMD so that it could become GloFo, he  took the  AMD memory division into a merged joint venture with Fujitsu that later resulted in the IPO of Spansion.  He became the chief operating officer of of Spansion where he sorted out its technology development and wafer fab operations.


Doran said that he thinks Ramtron’s F-RAM technology will be the next big thing. He started off advising the company during its recent foundry transition and was snaffled up for the board job.

Ramtron is another fabless semiconductor company that designs, develops and markets specialised semiconductor memory, microcontrollers and integrated semis.