November 12, 2001 in Social Responsibility News

SAMSUNG Electronics Develops QDRTM SRAM for Next-generation Networking

SEOUL, Korea - Nov. 12, 2001 - Samsung Electronics is aggressively going after the market for next-generation networking SRAMs. The company has completed development of a 16-megabit Quad Data Rate (QDRTM) SRAM that operates at 200MHz. This new device comes with two separate data ports that run independently at Double Data Rate, resulting in the transmission of four items per clock cycle. Hence, the QRD SRAM can process four times as much data as conventional networking SRAMs can.

Samsung's QDR SRAM has a 16Mbit capacity and processes data at 200MHz while operating on 2.5 volts.
In addition, the input/output processes are separate-unlike in conventional SRAM operation.
Therefore, data collision (bus contention) during transmission is prevented, greatly enhancing data
processing efficiency.

Samsung is using the 13mm x 15mm FBGA package, recently standardized by JEDEC, with its latest SRAM offering.
As a result, the overall product is about 50% smaller than any other conventional synchronous SRAM, greatly improving price competitiveness and enabling greater efficiency in space utilization for high-performance in system boards with limited size.

The QDR SRAM is the trademark of the "QDR Camp," currently consists of Micron Technology Inc.,
Cypress Semiconductor Corp., NEC Corporation, IDT Inc. and Samsung Electronics. The QDR co-development team was created to define a new family of SRAM architectures for high-performance communications applications data rate of 10Gbps and above.

The QDR Camp participants produce about 70% of the world's SRAMs, and the QDR SRAM is expected to be the standard in the market for next-generation networking SRAMs. By developing the 16Mbit QDR SRAM, Samsung Electronics officials expect the company to maintain its lead in the market for high-speed SRAMs used in next-generation network systems.
Samsung already produces the Nt ("no turnaround") RAM, which currently occupies the top share of this market segment.

QDR camp has already reserved single package features capable of accommodating SRAMs of up to 128 megabits, solving the problem of future SRAM expansion. The company also is scheduled to complete development of the QDR II, a 32Mbit device with higher operating frequency and wider data valid window, next year.

Samsung Electronics will begin mass producing the 16Mbit QDR SRAM at the end of this year and expects to capture around 30% of the world QDR SRAM market in 2002. Ongoing research on semiconductors for networking and handheld product applications have kept Samsung the world's leading SRAM producer since 1995, and the company is determined to retain this position.

# Terminology

Nt RAM: This brand name is used to distinguish an SRAM produced by Samsung Electronics from conventional synchronous SRAMs.
The brand has been applied to a marketing effort to raise awareness of a high-speed SRAM device. "Nt," which stands for "no turnaround," refers to no latency when read operation is followed by write operation.

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 http://samsungelectronics.

QDR SRAMs and Quad Data Rate comprise a new family of products developed by Cypress Semiconductor, IDT, Micron Technology, and NEC. QDR and Quad Data Rate are trademarks of the QDR Consortium. "Driving the Communications Revolution" is a trademark of Cypress Semiconductor.


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