September 28, 2001 in Social Responsibility News

SAMSUNG Electronics Develops 576Mb RDRAM

SEOUL, Korea September 28, 2001 Samsung Electronics has completed development of the world's first 576Mb RDRAM. The new device has circuits that are only 0.12 microns in diameter, about 1/830th the thickness of a human hair.

Samsung's next-generation, 576Mb memory device operates at 1,066MHz and is targeted for use in high-performance PCs, workstations and servers. This DRAM processes data about eight times faster than the PC133 SDRAM and quadruple the DDR266 speed. As such, it is well suited for handling moving pictures and graphics.

RDRAM chips normally have to be larger than other DRAMs because of the unique Rambus circuitry. Samsung Electronics has reduced this competitive disadvantage to under 1% by applying the 0.12-micron design rule.

Importantly, the company can apply the same design rule to its 256Mb and 128Mb
RDRAMs to achieve productivity that are about 47% higher per wafer, greatly improving cost competitiveness.

Samsung's new 576Mb RDRAMs can be built into a single module to create a high-speed, more than 1-gigabyte memory solution for high-performance PCs, workstations and servers.

Samsung has also bolstered cost competitiveness of the 576Mb RDRAM by using the 4-bank architecture used in the commodity RDRAM chips. The company plans to begin mass production in the second quarter of 2002.

Samsung held 60% of the global RDRAM market in the first half of this year. By being the first in the industry to come out with a 576Mb version, the company has strengthened its leadership position for the next generation as well. Samsung expects sales of its next-generation RDRAM chips to total US$1 billion in 2002 and soar to US$2.5 billion in 2003.

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,

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