August 13, 2002 in Social Responsibility News

SAMSUNG Electronics and Agere Systems To Develop 400 Mbps Network-DRAM(TM) Devices For Next-Generation Networks

Seoul, Korea - August 13, 2002: Samsung Electronics Co., Ltd., the industry leader in advanced memory technology, and Agere Systems Inc. (NYSE: AGR.A, AGR.B), the world leader in communications components, today agreed to collaborate on the development of Network-DRAMâ„¢ devices which will provide network design engineers with a cost-effective solution for relieving data traffic bottlenecks in high-speed networks.

Network-DRAM is Samsung's high-speed memory technology specifically tailored for broadband networking applications such as 10-gigabit Ethernet and OC-192 synchronous optical network (SONET), which require very fast, random data access. The technology will be used with Agere's PayloadPlus@ family of programmable network processors for deep packet processing in high-speed networks. Target customers include original equipment manufacturers (OEM) of high-capacity network and telecommunications systems.

"Network-DRAM reduces latency and bus turnaround time, which are key to achieving fast random access time in today's telecommunications and networking systems," said Tom Quinn, Samsung Semiconductor, Inc.'s vice president of marketing. "We are committed to the long-term support of Network-DRAM and will work together with Agere to define specifications for future generations of Network-DRAM devices."

"The advent of memory technologies such as Network-DRAM gives system OEMs the advanced tools necessary to architect solutions that can take advantage of ever-increasing processing power and bandwidth," said Gartner semiconductor memory analyst Richard Gordon.

Network-DRAM is fully compatible with fast cycle random access memory (FCRAM), the high-speed networking memory technology jointly developed by Fujitsu and Toshiba. Samsung is currently mass-producing 256-Megabit (Mb) Network-DRAM devices. Agere recently announced similar agreements with Fujitsu and Toshiba.

"Network-DRAM is the ideal memory solution for high-speed packet processing. Our customers will reap the benefits of this technology in our integrated PayloadPlus products, such as improved performance, reduced product size and cost, and faster time-to-market," said Mark Pinto, vice president of the processing, aggregation and switching division of Agere Systems.

About Samsung Semiconductor, Inc.
Samsung Semiconductor, Inc. is a wholly owned US subsidiary of Samsung Electronics Co., Ltd. Headquartered in Seoul, Korea, Samsung Electronics is a mainstay of the global electronics industry. It is the world's leader in DRAM memory, SRAM memory, and TFT-LCD display products for industrial, mobile and desktop computing applications. Samsung Electronics is one of the world's largest semiconductor companies overall, with a full line of semiconductor products including flash memory, microprocessor and custom ASIC components. Samsung Semiconductor, Inc. is located in San Jose, California. For more information, please visit our website:

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,

About Agere Systems
Agere Systems is the world's leading provider of communications components. The company delivers integrated circuits, optical components and subsystems that access, move and store network information. Agere's integrated solutions form the building blocks for advanced wired, wireless and optical communications networks. The company is a leader in providing integrated Wi-Fi solutions for PC manufacturers, as well as in storage solutions with its read-channel chips, preamplifiers and system-on-a-chip solutions. More information about Agere Systems is available from its Web site at

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