April 08, 2002 in Social Responsibility News

SAMSUNG Electronics Introduces Industry's First LowPower 512Mb Mobile-SDRAM

Seoul, Korea ?April 8, 2002: Samsung Electronics Co. Ltd., the industry leader in advanced semiconductor memory technology, announced that it has commenced sample introduction of the industry's first low-power 512Mb Mobile-Synchronous DRAM (SDRAM) for next-generation mobile devices.

Samsung's new 512Mb Mobile-SDRAM utilizes 0.15-micron design technology. The device's small footprint, light weight, and low power consumption make it ideal for next-generation mobile devices where small size is key. Applications include 3G mobile handsets, PDAs and digital cameras.

Unlike conventional, low-power SDRAM, which operate on 3.3 volts, Samsung's new 512Mb device operates on a low 2.5 volts. In standby mode, the power consumption of Samsung's new 512Mb device is half that of conventional SDRAM devices. This is the result of two added functions. A Partial Array Self Refresh (PASR) assures that the self-refresh operation only occurs in the bank(s) containing data. A Temperature Compensated Self-Refresh (TCSR) adjusts the refresh speed according to the temperature of the device.

Samsung's new 512Mb Mobile-SDRAM device is available in small footprint, BGA, chip scale packages with a space savings of 50 percent compared to TSOP packages. Two bus configurations are available: a 16-bit bus in a 54-ball BGA package; a 32-bit bus in a 90-ball BGA package.

Samsung has a history of leadership in SDRAM technology. Most recently, the company was first to submit low-power DRAM specifications to JEDEC. These specifications have been formally adopted as the industry standard. Currently, Samsung is a top contributor to JEDEC for the creation of low-power SDRAM specifications.

Samsung continues to demonstrate its market leadership in Mobile-SDRAM by being first with this low-power 512Mb device. Earlier this year, the company commenced mass production of Mobile-SDRAM in 64Mb, 128Mb and 256Mb densities. Samsung targets 50 percent Mobile-SDRAM market share by 2003.

Advanced mobile devices such as PDAs are one of the fastest growing market sectors. Market watcher Dataquest forecast the global PDA market to grow from 15 million units this year to 30 million units by 2005, an annual growth of 25%.

Samples of Samsung's new 512Mb Mobile-SDRAM device (part number K4S51163LC) are available now through distribution.

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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