March 31, 2003 in Social Responsibility News

SAMSUNG Electronics Mass Produces New Multi-Chip Package for Mobile Handsets

Seoul, Korea, March 31, 2003: Samsung Electronics Co., Ltd., the world’s leader in advanced semiconductor memory technology, today announced mass production of a four-chip Multi-Chip Package (MCP) for mobile handsets. The company also announced a new integrated software system that greatly reduces the development time of MCP, System in Package (SiP) and System on Chip (SoC) designs by enabling simultaneous design of semiconductor circuits and packages.

“The fast-growing data processing and storage needs of camera and multimedia functions in 2.5 and 3G mobile phones require not just more memory bits and bytes, but increasingly sophisticated advanced memory systems,” explained Tae-Sung Jung, vice president of Memory Product Planning & Application Engineering Team, Samsung Electronics. “With our strong memory portfolio and with the introduction of our innovative design program, Samsung leads the industry in providing MCP solutions that support our customer’s diverse needs as well as their ability to get designs to market quickly.”

Samsung’s MCP stacks four chips in the space of a single chip, reducing the footprint by 50%. The MCP is 1.4mm in height, which is 0.2mm greater than a conventional component of 1.2mm. The MCP resolves wiring and resistance problems that occur due to the lack of space and the increasing number of devices in mobile devices. Additionally, the MCP

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enhances the electrical characteristics of each component as well as the performance of the product.

Samsung’s MCP can employ various memory products for mobile solutions: SDRAM, SRAM, UtRAM, and NAND/NOR Flash memory. The new four-chip MCP is available in two combinations:

.A NOR Flash based combination, part number RRNU6412864, consists of two 64Mbit NOR Flash memories, a 128Mbit NAND Flash memory and a 64Mb UtRAM.
.A NAND Flash based MCP, part number NUUS128643208, consists of a 128Mbit NAND Flash memory, a 64Mbit UtRAM, a 32Mbit UtRAM and an 8Mbit SRAM.

Samsung expects the MCP market to reach 2.9billionUS$ in 2003 and continue to grow to 4.0billionUS$ in 2004 and 5.2billionUS$ by 2005.

New Package Design Program
Samsung’s new software reduces time-to-market and supports diverse customer needs more quickly by allowing design and verification of the IC and the package to proceed in parallel instead of in serial steps. As a result, the overall development time of multi-functional devices such as the MCP, SiP and SoC has been reduced dramatically.
The new package design software allows designers to evaluate different choices of both electrical characteristics and physical implementation for a design even when the package specification is set at an initial stage of the IC/ package design process. It also provides a built-in connectivity verification feature between different design domains such as package and IC.
“Samsung Electronics will use the new software program to break into and secure a leadership position in this market,” said Jeong-Taek Kong, vice president of CAE Team, Samsung Electronics. “We expect this development will have a major spillover effect into other market segments in the future.”
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About Samsung Electronics
Samsung Electronics Co., Ltd. is a global leader in semiconductor, telecommunication, and digital convergence technology. Samsung Electronics employs approximately 70,000 people in 87 offices in 47 countries. Samsung Electronics is the world’s leading producer of advanced semiconductors, TFT-LCDs, CDMA mobile phones, monitors and VCRs. Samsung Electronics consists of four main business units: Device Solution Network, Digital Media Network, Telecommunication Network and Digital Appliance Network Businesses.

The Device Solution Network specializes in semiconductor and TFT LCD display products for industrial, mobile and advanced computing applications, offering a full line of key solutions of DRAMs, SRAMs, Display Driver ICs, Smart Card ICs, TFT LCD panels and Flash memories. The Device Solution Network operates 11 overseas sales subsidiaries and mass production facilities to maximize on hand customer support. For more information, visit our website at http://www.samsungsemi.com

Samsung Semiconductor Inc., a wholly owned U.S. subsidiary of Samsung Electronics Co., Ltd., is located in San Jose, Calif. More information can be found at http//www.usa.samsungsemi.com/.

Samsung Semiconductor Europe, a wholly owned subsidiary of Samsung Electronics Co., Ltd., is headquartered in Frankfurt, Germany and London, UK with sales offices all over Europe. More information can be found at http://www.samsungsemi.de


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