August 06, 2001 in Social Responsibility News

SAMSUNG Electronics Begins Mass Production of Small Footprint, Low-power, 8Mb SRAM

SEOUL, Korea - August 6, 2001 - Samsung Electronics has become the first in the semiconductor industry to apply the 0.13-micron design rule to SRAMs, producing a low-power version suitable for use in mobile phones for next-generation services such as IMT-2000. After developing the low- power 8Mb SRAM early this year, the company is now starting up mass production of the device, part number K6F8016U6B, and will enter full-sale production in the fourth quarter this year. The device is expected to be loaded into third-generation mobile handsets (IMT-2000, etc.), that will be required to process large volumes of video and audio data and make rapid online connections.

The low-power SRAM can process data in 55nanoseconds while operating on 1.8 volts and using less than 1-microamp of power at room temperature. By utilizing 0.13-micron circuit geometry, Samsung's new chip can be made 30% smaller than current SRAM that use a 0.15-micron design rule. Also the reduced geometry allows for a substantial increase in production efficiency of over 50%.

Samsung has started up mass production applying the 0.13-micron design rule a full three months ahead of the original schedule. Full-scale fabrication facilities will be operative in the fourth quarter. Moreover, Samsung aims to apply the 0.10-micron design rule to SRAMs next year and the 0.08-micron design rule in 2003. Thus, enabling Samsung to secure a leading position in the upcoming market for SRAMs used in 3 generation handsets.

Samsung has maintained the top share of the SRAM market since 1995, producing devices for the 1 generation analog handsets, as well as the 2 generation and 2.5 generation digital handsets. This head start in the 3 generation handset market will further its lead in SRAM sales.

Samsung Electronics also plans to come out with a 16M SRAM with 0.13-micron circuitry in the upcoming fourth quarter.
This device, too, will be supplied to 3 generation handset manufacturers worldwide.

The company forecasts the worldwide mobile handset market to maintain an average 15% to 20% year on growth rate. That is an estimate of 380 million to 410 million handsets in 2001 and over 1 billion by 2004. Samsung's SRAM sales target is set at US$1.8 billion this year and the company plans to make up 30% worldwide market share by the year 2002.

About Samsung Electronics
Samsung Electronics Co. Ltd. is a global leader in semiconductors, the consumer electronics industry, and digital convergence technology. 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 the web site, http://samsungelectronics.com.


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