The component businesses of Samsung Electronics come together as Device Solutions. As a leading company in the global electronics industry, Samsung Electronics has one of the widest product ranges of key component businesses Memory, System LSI and LED, which compose essential parts of the company's well-balanced business portfolio.
Samsung initiated its semiconductor operations in 1974 with the acquisition of Hankook Semiconductor in 1974. Early operations consisted mostly of developing and mass producing ICs and peripherals for such consumer electronics as analog and LED watches, televisions, audio players and microwave ovens. The pivotal turning point in Samsung's evolution into a leading semiconductor manufacturer was the successful development of the 64Kb DRAM in 1983, the company's first memory product, and the subsequent opening of the Giheung Semiconductor Complex where it has been operating both memory and system LSI fabrication facilities since 1984.
Through aggressive business strategies and consistent investments, Samsung achieved and has maintained its market leadership position in memory industry since 1993. Along with its success in memory sector, the company signaled a long commitment to logic and analog chip development in 2001 with the expansion of its System LSI organization and the opening of its SoC Research Lab. Since then, Samsung's System LSI Business has scaled significantly in terms of both sales volume and product portfolio, and now is one of major players in the sector and also the largest provider in many product categories.
Recently, Samsung added a new business to its component portfolio. LED, which was initiated as a 50:50 venture between Samsung Electro-Mechanics and Samsung Electronics in 2009 and was recently merged into the component arm of Samsung Electronics. The new transition was designed to raise efficiency and competitiveness by taking advantage of synergies across the existing component businesses and thus to achieve leadership as a light source supplier in displays and lighting applications.
- Samsung's Memory Business offers the industry's most advanced and extensive range of memory semiconductor products. As a leader in both the design and manufacture of memory semiconductor since 1993, the business provides key memory products including dynamic random access memory (DRAM), static random access memory (SRAM), NAND flash memory, Solid State Drives (SSD) and a range of green memory solutions for use in PC, server and mobile applications. Samsung is also leading the industry in advancements of next generation DRAM and NAND flash technologies while nurturing future memory technologies.
- Samsung's System LSI Business designs and manufactures a variety of large scale integrated circuit (LSI) products and System-on-Chip (SoC) solutions, as well as offering foundry services. In the SoC area, Samsung is a leader in the creation of application processor (AP) for mobile devices such as smartphones and tablets. The Foundry Business Team offers differentiated custom fabrication services utilizing advanced process technology, as well as a broad range of IP, DFM, and design services. Samsung's leading LSI products include CMOS image sensors (CIS), display driver IC (DDI), smart card IC, microcontroller units (MCU) and near field communication (NFC) IC.
- LED technology has started a new era of innovation and game-changing trends affecting diverse applications and industries for lighting and displays. In particular as countries around the world strengthen energy conservation programs and push for related legislation enforcement, demand for energy-efficient lighting is on the rise at a rapid pace. Samsung's LED Business aims to achieve excellence as a long life, energy saving and eco-friendly light source supplier in displays and lighting applications. Samsung's advanced semiconductor manufacturing expertise serves as a strong foundation to deliver state-of-the-art LED devices. Samsung offers LED based lighting solutions in the form of back light units in display panels, exterior and dashboard lighting in automotives, lighting packages and engines with and without integrated optics, and drivers and retrofit lighting such as bulbs and tubes.