January 02, 2002 in Social Responsibility News

SAMSUNG Electronics First to Develop 32Mb SRAM with 0.11μm Design Rule

“Expanding the memory capacity of mobile phones”

Samsung Electronics was the world’s first to develop 0.11-micron processing technology, and the company has now applied this design rule to create the first ever low-power-consuming 32Mb SRAM. These feats have demonstrated once again Samsung’s industry leading technology in the memory field.

In addition to the larger capacity, Samsung’s new 32Mb SRAM consumes no more than one microampere at standby mode. As a result, this device is ideal for IMT-2000 handsets and other next-generation mobile phones designed to process the large amounts of data required to transmit moving pictures or connect with the Internet.

The new device processes data in just 55 nanoseconds on either the regular 3.0 volts or on 1.8 volts, which is needed for mobile products to perform smoothly. According to a Samsung spokesperson, these features will improve the performance of conventional mobile phones. At the same time, Samsung sees its new product as an opportunity to grab a leading portion of the market for SRAMs used in sophisticated, next-generation wireless handsets.

The 0.11-micron design rule enables Samsung to reduce the chip size some 33%, which is in step with the trend to make small mobile products with highly advanced functions. At the same time, Samsung can boost SRAM productivity by at least 50%.

Samsung is at least six months ahead of other companies in perfecting the 0.11-micron design rule for low-power SRAMs. As such, the company can enjoy much stronger price competitiveness and secure the lead in a market for specialty devices that is characterized by short product life cycles.

Samsung Electronics has led the SRAM markets for 1G analog mobile phones as well as for 2G and 2.5G models. Now, the company is positioned to do the same in the 3G (IMT-2000) handset market. Samsung has been the world’s foremost SRAM producer since 1995 and expects to maintain the top spot for the eighth consecutive year in 2002.

Samsung Electronics plans to apply the 0.11-micron design rule to 16Mb and 8Mb SRAMs as well. Preparations for mass production of the 32Mb SRAM will be complete in the first half of 2002, with actual mass production scheduled to commence in the second half.

Market watcher IDC predicts that around 670 million mobile phones will be sold a year by 2005, and mobile phones represent the largest segment of the SRAM market. Samsung Electronics aims to hold at least 30% of the SRAM market.


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