February 10, 1998 in Social Responsibility News

SAMSUNG Electronics to Strengthen the Development, Marketing and Sales of Alpha Microprocessors

SEOUL, Korea - February 10, 1998 - Samsung Electronics Co., Ltd (SEC) announced today that it has signed up an Alpha architectural license with the US-based Digital Equipment Corporation (DEC) to strengthen their ongoing business relationship based on the Alpha microprocessor. It was also announced that Samsung will create a subsidiary dedicated to the marketing and sales of Alpha microprocessors. Digital will work closely with the subsidiary and provide marketing and technical support.
The letter of intent announced today defines the terms under which Samsung will gain access to all Alpha microprocessor intellectual property, including patents and future implementations. This will allow Samsung to make its own versions of the Alpha processor for specific markets. Digital will manage the architectural process to ensure architectural consistency, and will continue to develop future Alpha designs. Financial terms were not disclosed.

Alpha Momentum Accelerates

According to Harold D. Copperman, senior vice president and group executive, Digital Products Division, "This agreement further solidifies the future of Alpha for our customers. It means they can choose from a far broader range of Alpha solutions and vendors well into the 21st century."

Dr. Daeje Chin, executive vice president & CEO of Samsung's System LSI Division said, "Samsung already has developed very fast versions of the 21164 and 21264 Alpha microprocessors through current implementation licenses with Digital. We now have access to Digital's future generation Alpha designs as well as the freedom to build successive generations of cutting-edge Alpha products to serve a broader customer base."

Samsung Electronics Co., Ltd is one of the world's leading producers of semiconductors, consumer appliances, computers and telecommunications equipment. Its semiconductor division manufactures and sells such products as memory, ASIC, micom, etc. and had sales of US$6 billion in 1997. For the latest corporate and product information, visit SEC at http://samsungelectronics.com.

Digital Equipment Corporation, recognized for product and service excellence, is a leading supplier of high-performance, Web-based computing solutions that help enterprises compete in the global marketplace. For the latest company information, visit Digital on the World Wide Web at http://www.digital.com and/ or http://www.newsdesk.com

NOTE: Digital and Alpha are trademarks of Digital Equipment Corporation. Samsung and the Samsung logo are trademarks of Samsung Electronics Co., Ltd


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