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R&D at Samsung

Innovation is crucial to Samsung's business. As new technologies are being constantly introduced to the market, speed is essential for remain-ing competitive in today's digital era, and new markets have to be pioneered continuously.Through the interplay of creative, imaginative people; a global R&D network; an organization that encourages collaboration and cooperation among business partners all along the supply chain; and a strong commitment to ongoing investment, Samsung has put R&D at the heart of everything we do.

People

One of Samsung's strongest assets is our team of talented researchers and engineers. More than a quarter of all Samsung employees—42,000 people—work everyday in research and development, and we expect that number to surpass 50,000 by 2010. At—and among—our 42 research facilities around the world, they collaborate on strategic technologies for the future and original technologies designed to forge new market trends and set new standards for excellence.

Organization

Samsung's R&D organization has three layers. The Samsung Advanced Institute of Technology (SAIT), Samsung's technology competitiveness in core business areas, identifies growth engines for the future, and oversees the securing and management of technology. The R&D centers of each business focus on technology that is expected to deliver the most promising long-term results. Division product development teams are responsible for commercialising products scheduled to hit the market within one or two years.

Investment

A critical way that Samsung responds to the highly uncertain business environment and the increasingly competitive marketplace is through our commitment to R&D. Each year we invest at least 9% of our sales revenue in R&D activities. Samsung is committed to leading technology standardization and securing intellectual property rights.

Global R&D Network

Innovation is a global enterprise at Samsung. Our research and development network spans six Samsung centers in Korea and 18 more in nine other countries, including the United States, the United Kingdom, Russia, Israel, India, Japan and China, as well as other research centers and universities. Closely linked, these centers are tasked with hiring top-notch local talent, investigating the latest local technology trends, and bringing to life those technologies that offer the greatest benefits.

R&D Areas and Center Name
Center Name R&D Areas
Samsung Information Systems America, Inc. (SISA) Strategic parts and components, core technologies
Dallas Telecom Laboratory (DTL) Technologies and products for next-generation
telecommunications systems
Samsung Electronics Research Institute (SERI) Mobile phones and digital TV software
Moscow Samsung Research Center (SRC) Optics, software algorithms and other new technologies
Samsung Electronics India Software Operations (SISO) System software for digital products, protocols for
wired/wireless networks and handsets
Beijing Samsung Telecommunication (BST) Mobile telecommunications standardization and
commercialisation for China
Samsung Semiconductor China R&D (SSCR) Semiconductor packages and solutions
Samsung Electronics (China)R&D Center (SCRC) Software, digital TVs and MP3 players for China
Samsung Yokohama Research Institute Core next-generation parts and components, digital
technologies
Samsung Poland R&D Center (SPRC) STB SW Platform Dev., EU STB/DTV commercialisation
Samsung India Software Center (SISC) S/W Platform and Application Design, Graphic design