August 08, 2001 in Social Responsibility News

SAMSUNG Electronics Starts Mass-producing 0.15-micron 256Mb Rambusa DRAM

SEOUL, Korea August 7, 2001 Samsung Electronics officials have announced the mass production of the 0.15-micron, 256Mb Rambusa DRAM, part number K4R571669A. The company is applying the ultra-high-precision 0.15-micron design rule, improving wafer yields by at least 30%. The smaller chip size raises signal processing speed over 30% to realize the world's first memory module that can operate at 1GHz.

By starting up mass production of the 256Mb Rambus DRAM, Samsung has greatly improved productivity and the production cost structure. A 0.17-micron design rule 128Mb Rambus DRAM has a 23% handicap in chip size against a conventional Synchronous DRAM of the same density and design. But the 0.15-micron 256Mb Rambus DRAM has narrowed the gap to a mere 9% difference, greatly reducing production costs.

Rambus DRAMS are currently used mainly in high-performance PCs, workstations and game products. However, the new 1GHz, 256Mb Rambus DRAM will be able to satisfy two markets at the same time. They are suitable for high-capacity, high-performance computers and networks on the one hand. On the other hand, they can be used in digital TVs, set-top boxes and other digital products that must achieve maximum performance from a limited memory capacity.

The improved cost competitiveness and 1GHz processing speed that Samsung has achieved by applying the 0.15-micron design rule are expected to broaden demand for the 256Mb Rambus DRAM. The company plans to introduce a 0.13-micron Rambus DRAM by the end of this year and a market affordable 4 Bank Rambus DRAM within the first half of 2002.

In addition to the Rambus DRAM, Samsung Electronics has advanced fabrication lines for both synchronous DRAMs and double-data-rate (DDR) DRAMs with a design rule of 0.15 microns or less. World DRAM chip prices have plummeted, but Samsung Electronics remains a step ahead of changing market demand through its optimal product mix and advanced process technology. Therefore, maintaining its solid leadership position in the memory market.

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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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