March 18, 2002 in Social Responsibility News

SAMSUNG Electronics Ships, High-Capacity MCP Memory Devices for Mobile Phones

Seoul, Korea ? March 18, 2002: Samsung Electronics Co., Ltd., the world's leader in advanced semiconductor memory technology, today announced that it is first to ship samples of high-capacity multi-chip package (MCP) devices integrating a 128Mb SDRAM with a 256Mb NAND Flash and an optional 32Mb UtRAM. The devices have been shipped to third-generation mobile handset manufacturers. Engineering samples are available now and mass production is scheduled to commence 2Q 2002.


Samsung's new MCP memory devices stack a 128Mb SDRAM and 256Mb NAND Flash with an optional 32Mb UtRAM, one on top of the other in the same package, providing high memory capacity with the small footprint required for next-generation handheld devices. The SDRAM serves as a buffer and working memory, while the NAND Flash memory stores both code and data. The highly efficient UtRAM eliminates dead cycles between read and write functions, resulting in faster data transmission.
Samsung's 128Mb SDRAM / 256Mb NAND Flash with optional 32Mb UtRAM devices are cost-saving alternatives for the conventional NOR Flash and SRAM memory chips used in mobile phones. Currently, mobile handsets are shipped with MCP devices that contain a 32Mb Flash memory and a 8Mb SRAM chip. Samsung's new MCP device -- a combination of 128Mb SDRAM, 256Mb NAND Flash and 32Mb UtRAM -- provides high-density memory in a package that is half the total area of respective single chips and offer the moving image capability required by third-generation mobile handset manufacturers.


The main technical features of each device maximize the perfomance of Samsung's new MCP memory device. The 128Mb SDRAM operates at a maximum frequency of 100MHz at 1.8 volts. The 256Mb NAND Flash has a low, 1.8V operating voltage and a 16bit data bus. The optional 32Mb UtRAM has a response time of 85ns and boasts a one-transistor, one-capacitor cell structure which is a much more efficient choice than a conventional SRAM, which has a 6 transistor, cell structure. The UtRAM's low operating current is 35㎃. Its standby current is 100㎂, and power down current is 10㎂.


The mobile phone market is one of the fastest growing segments of the wireless sector. Industry analysts forecast that approximately 445 million mobile phones will be manufactured in 2002. That number is expected to grow to 672 million units by 2005. During that year, Samsung targets more than a 30 percent share of the MCP memory market.


About Samsung Electronics
Samsung Electronics Co. Ltd. is a global leader in semiconductor, telecommunication, and digital convergence technology. Samsung Electronics employs approximately 64,000 people in 89 offices in 47 countries. Samsung Electronics is the world's largest producer of memory chips, Smart Card Chips, Display Driver ICs, TFT-LCDs, CDMA mobile phones, monitors and VCRs. Samsung Electronics consists of four main business units: Digital Media Network, Device Solution Network, Telecommunication Network and Digital Appliance Network Businesses. For more information, please visit the web site, http://samsungelectronics.com


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