Samsung's History

From its inception as a small export business in Daegu, Korea, Samsung has grown to become one of the world's leading electronics companies, specialising in digital appliances and media, semiconductors, memory and system integration. Today Samsung's innovative and top quality products and processes are world recognised. This timeline captures the major milestones in Samsung's history, showing how the company expanded its product lines and reach, grew its revenue and market share and has followed its mission of making life better for consumers around the world.

2000-Present Pioneering the Digital Age

The digital age has brought revolutionary change – and opportunity – to global business and Samsung has responded with advanced techno-logies, competitive products and constant innovation.

At Samsung, we see every challenge as an opportunity and believe we are perfectly positioned as one of the world's recognised leaders in the digital technology industry.
Our commitment to being the world's best has won us the No.1 global market share for 13 of our products, including semiconductors, TFT-LCDs, monitors and CDMA mobile phones. Looking forward, we're making historic advances in research and development of our overall semiconductor line, including flash memory and non-memory, custom semiconductors, DRAM and SRAM, as well as producing best-in-class LCDs, mobile phones, digital appliances and more.

2000-Present Pioneering the Digital Age
  • Samsung Electronics Held the 4th Samsung Young Design Award in Italy
  • Samsung Electronics Introduced Samsung Galaxy Tab to U.S. Market
  • Samsung Mobile Display developed flexible AMOLED panel with four times clearer WVGA resolution
  • Samsung Electronics honoured with 37 CES 2011 Innovation Awards
  • Samsung Electronics launched OMNIA 7, the first Windows Phone 7 smartphone
  • Samsung announced that it will establish seven social enterprises over the next three years to support the underprivileged in Korea
  • Samsung Electronics began mass producing 20nm-class, 64-gigabit 3-bit NAND flash memory
  • Samsung Engineering won the Sabah (Malaysia) Oil & Gas Terminal Project
  • Cheil Industries established the WPM (World Premier Materials) flexible display business unit
  • Samsung Electronics held the WCG 2010 Samsung Euro Championship at IFA 2010
  • Samsung Electronics held the “Samsung Mobile Solutions Forum 2010” in Taiwan
  • Samsung’s brand value was ranked No. 19 in the world by Interbrand’s 2010 Best Global Brands
  • Samsung Electronics’ 3D LED 8000 & 7000 series TVs were selected as this year’s best TVs by product testing magazines “Which?” in UK and “Test” in Germany
  • Samsung Electronics won five European EISA Awards
  • Samsung Electronics introduced Samsung Galaxy Tab to U.S. market
  • Samsung Electronics’ TV won “Product of the Year” Award in Russia two years in a row.
  • Samsung Electronics qualified foundry industry’s first 32nm low power High-K Metal Gate Logic Process and Design Ecosystem
  • Samsung Electronics introduced high-speed 512GB SSD utilizing new toggle-mode DDR NAND memory
  • Samsung Electronics captured five 2010 IDEA awards
  • Samsung Fire and Marine Insurance entered the Chinese automobile insurance market
  • Samsung Electronics hosts “Samsung Global Developer’s Day” for the Bada platform
  • Samsung announced that it will invest $20 billion in new projects such as in eco-friendly and health care sectors by 2020
  • Samsung Life Insurance went public with IPO in Korean Market
  • Samsung Electronics launched World’s first 3D home theatre
  • Samsung Electronics launched WAVE, the first smartphone based on Bada platform
  • Samsung Engineering won $1.7 billion petrochemical plant contract in UAE
  • Samsung Corning Precision Glass changed company name to Samsung Corning Precision Materials
  • Samsung Mobile Display developed the World’s largest 19-inch transparent AMOLED display
  • Samsung Electronics merged with Samsung Digital Imaging
  • Samsung Heavy Industries won $500 Million contract for nine oil tankers
  • Samsung Electronics announced the industry’s first multi-chip package (MCP) with PRAM – for use in mobile handsets
  • Samsung Electronics’ Android Phone “Moment” for the U.S. won the “Best in Show” award at 2010 CTIA
  • Samsung Electronics was awarded 2010 Green Communication Award
  • Samsung Electronics globally launched the World’s first “Full HD 3D LED TV”
  • Samsung Electronics developed industry’s first 30-nanometer-class DRAM
  • Samsung Electronics opened its Olympic Rendezvous @ Samsung (OR@S) for the Vancouver 2010 Olympic Winter Games
  • Samsung Electronics was ranked No. 1 in market share for French Door refrigerators in the U.S.
  • Samsung Electronics committed its sponsorship with the Singapore 2010 Youth Olympic Games (Singapore 2010) as a Worldwide Partner
  • Samsung C&T opened Burj Khalifa, the world's tallest building
  • Samsung SDS merged with Samsung Networks
  • Samsung Electronics began mass producing industry’s first 3D TV panels
  • Displayed the world’s thinnest TV (6.5mm) at CES
  • Launched major restructuring of its businesses
  • Cooperates in creating a foundry with Xilinx of the US
  • Developed the world’s first 40 nanometer DRAM
  • Announced its “Blue Earth” solar-powered phone
  • Released its V-line Crystal Rose LCD TV
  • Samsung is found No. 1 in customer loyalty for 8 years consecutively by Brand Keys of the USA
  • Samsung Digital Imaging developed an innovative hybrid digital camera
  • Built the world’s largest mobile phone as recorded in the Guinness Book of World Records
  • Received a “Quality Management Award” in Malaysia
  • SADI, Samsung's design school, received the most iF Concept Design Awards for its entrants
  • Opened “samsungmobile.com” for its domestic customers
  • Received an Excellence Award from ENERGY STAR of the US
  • Released the world’s thinnest Blu-ray player
  • Introduced Mobile WiMax into Malaysia
  • Released the world’s first full HD camcorder with a 64GB SSD
  • Sold more than 20 million full touch phones in shortest time ever
  • Samsung took up a record high market share in LCD monitors
  • Released the world’s first solar -powered mobile phone in India
  • Released the “JET,” its new concept full touch screen phone
  • Released its 120Hz 3D monitor
  • Samsung took the No. 1 spot in the global digital sign market for the first time
  • Sold 500,000 units of its LED TVs in 100 days since its release
  • Opened the “visual mobile” era with its third generation full touch Haptic AMOLED
  • Released the world’s first infrared video phone
  • Became the first in the industry to acquire TCO 3.0 certification for its notebook computers
  • Announced its “Green Management” strategy
  • Began mass production of the world’s first 40 nanometer DDR3 DRAM
  • Released the world’s thinnest watch phone
  • Developed the world’s lowest power 1GHz mobile CPU core
  • Opened Samsung Application Store Seller Site
  • Attained its most awards ever at IDEA 2009
  • Released its strategic smart phone, the OmniaⅡ
  • Samsung's Yuna’s Haptic sold 500,000 units in record time
  • Became the first in the industry to sell more than 10 million LCD TVs in the first half of the year
  • Samsung won the chairmanship of the 3GPP international standardization association
  • Sold more than 5 million of its STAR full touch phones in 4 months
  • Samsung’s Application Store officially opened
  • Released the “Corby” full touch phone targeted at younger users
  • Provided the WorldSkills Calgary 2009 Competition support
  • Installed the world’s largest video wall in the US
  • Released the first large capacity 16kg automatic washing machine in the domestic market
  • Samsung's “Mondi” WiMax terminal receives “Best Product” at the 4G Awards
  • Entered the top 10 list in the world’s top 100 global brands
  • Samsung was selected as one of the top 10 global businesses in responding to climate change
  • Samsung TVs took 50% of the Iranian market
  • Introduced its R&D master system
  • Released the “Giorgio Armani” smart phone
  • Sold more than 5 million LCD panels for notebooks per month for the first in the industry
  • Developed a 240Hz 3D LCD panel
  • Received the 2009 LCD TV Market Leadership Award
  • Deploys its brand memory card business
  • Reached the world’s first LTE terminal supply agreement
  • Developed the world’s thinnest 3mm LED TV panel
  • Samsung successfully tested WiMax global roaming
  • Samsung’s LED TV won “TV of the Year” in Britain
  • Declared its “Creative Company” strategy for the next 100 years
  • Passed 4 trillion won in operating profits for its 40th year of foundation
  • Introduced a “Creative New Employee” hiring system
  • Developed the world’s first 0.6mm 8 chip package
  • Sold 10 million STAR phones in six months of its release
  • Announced its open mobile platform, “bada”
  • Became the first in the industry to sell more than 4 million LCD panels for TVs per month
  • Supported the hosting of the WCG final
  • Launched a VIP membership program
  • Sold 50 million full touch screen phones in 2 years
  • Samsung's printing solutions won product of the year in the US
  • Announced “bada” its own smart phone platform
  • Samsung successfully commercialised its 4th generation LTE terminal
  • Restructured its organization and appointed Gee-Sung Choi as its new CEO
  • Sales of Samsung “Yuna’s Haptic” phones broke the threshold of 1 million
  • Became No. 1 in the US digital TV market for the 4th consecutive year
  • Named Yoon-Woo Lee as a Vice Chairman & CEO of Samsung Electronics
  • Launched OMNIA phone
  • Completed establishing TV manufactory in Russia Kaluga
  • Became the official sponsor of 2010 Guangzhou Asian Game
  • Developed the world's first 2Gb 50 NANO
  • Samsung takes No. 1 spot in U.S. cellphone market
  • Opened Global Brand PR Center ‘Samsung D'light'
  • No.1 worldwide market share position for TVs achieved for the 9th quarter in a row
  • No.1 worldwide market share position for TVs achieved for the seventh quarter in a row
  • Developed the world's first 30nm-class 64Gb NAND Flash™ memory
  • BlackJack bestowed the Best Smart Phone award at CTIA in the U.S.
  • Attained No.1 worldwide market share position for LCD for the sixth year in a row
  • Developed the world's first real double-sided LCD
  • Developed the worlds' first 50nm 1G DRAM
  • Unveiled 10M pixel camera phone
  • Launched ''Stealth Vacuum,'' a vacuum cleaner with the world's lowest level of noises
  • Launched the worlds' first Blu-Ray Disc Player
  • Developed 1.72''Super-Reflective LCD Screen
  • Developed the largest Flexible LCD Panel
  • Ranked 27th in ''the World's Most Admired Company'' of Fortune
  • Became the official sponsor of Chelsea, the renowned English Premier League football club
  • Released the world's first 7 mega pixel camera phone
  • Developed the world's first OLED for 40'' TV
  • Developed the first-ever speech recognition phone
  • Produced the first wrinkle-free steam washer
  • Sold more than 20 million cellular phones in the U.S.
  • Developed the world's first 60-nano 8GB NAND Flash memory chip
  • Ranked top in mobile phone sales in Russia
  • Released new PDP TV featuring the highest contrast ratio in the world
  • Developed a 3rd Generation Optical Blu-Ray Disc Recorder
  • Developed cellular phone chip for satellite DMB system
  • Released 46'' LCD TV for the first time in the world
  • Samsung brand value ranked 25th in the world by Interbrand
  • Ranked 5th on the ''Most Admired Electronics Company'' list released by the Fortune Magazine
  • Released the first HD DVD combo
  • Development of the 54''TFT-LCD, the largest digital TV monitor in the world
  • Launches PDP-TV, the slimmest in the world
  • Launch of colour mobile phones in which the new concept UFB-LCD is introduced
  • Launched new high-definition TFT-LCD colour cellular phone
  • Ranked No. 1 of world's Top 100 IT Companies by BusinessWeek
  • Unveils 16 Chord Progression Melody Phone
  • Begins Mass Production of 512Mb Flash Memory Device
  • Unveils Industry's First Ultra-Slim Handset
  • Develops World's first 40 inch TFT-LCD
  • Unveils TFT-LCD with Record-breaking Definition
  • Launches PDA phone
  • Samsung Olympic Games Phone selected as the official mobile phone of the Sydney 2000 Olympic Games
  • TV Phone and Watch Phone Make Guinness Book of World Records
  • Unveils the Worlds Fastest Graphics Memory Chip
  • Samsung Electronics and Yahoo! Form Strategic Alliance
  • Develops Unique All-in-one DVD Player
  • Developed world's first 512Mb DRAM
  • Develops The High Definition Digital TV


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