May 21, 2001 in Social Responsibility News

SAMSUNG Electronics Launches Very-Thin 0.7mm Flash Memory Package

SEOUL, Korea May 17, 2001 Handheld digital information and communications products continue to grow smaller and lighter these days. This trend is driving chipmakers to develop semiconductors key components in these finished products that are the smallest and lightest available.

In response to this demand, Samsung has become the world's first to apply a pin type Very-very Thin Small Outline Package (WSOP) technology (the world's thinnest package) to a 512Mb NAND flash memory chip. The device measures 12mm by 17mm by 0.7mm and is expected to be used to store digital audio or image data in digital cameras, and other handheld electronic products.

Samsung applied its own Very-Thin wafer processing technology to fabricate the new flash memory device, which at 0.7mm is 42% thinner than any other available. A special-purpose plastic material was also used to reduce package thickness.

Recent semiconductor trends have made package technology just as important as technology for increasing chip capacity and speed, because finished products requiring chips continue to get smaller and lighter. Now, "chip-scale package" (CSP) technology is gaining a lot of attention, as the package itself adds virtually no bulk to the chip.

In addition, the type of chip package technology applied will affect the chip price by some 10- to15-percent. Therefore, chipmakers are scrambling to develop next-generation packages.

Samsung's latest WSOP package is considered the next generation technology for minimizing both the thickness and surface area of the chip. Moreover, the new technology adopts identical features of the TSOP package making it more attractive to immediate market application.

The 0.7mm-thick 512Mb NAND flash device will go into mass production in June. It will initially be used in memory cards for mobile phones and IMT-2000 handsets. Samsung plans to come out with a 1-gigabit version by early next year.

During 2000, Samsung Electronics sold around US$400 million worth of flash memory chips. This year, the company expects that figure to increase some 60% to reach US$640 million.

About Samsung Electronics
Samsung Electronics Co. Ltd. is a global leader in semiconductors, the consumer electronics industry, and digital convergence technology. With year 2000 sales of US $27 billion, Samsung employs approximately 66,000 people in 46 countries. The company is the world's largest producer of memory chips, TFT-LCDs, CDMA mobile phones and monitors and the sixth-largest manufacturer of mobile phones. Samsung Electronics consists of four main business units: Digital Media, Semiconductor, Information & Communications, and Home Appliance Businesses. For more information, please visit

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