May 12, 2005

SAMSUNG Electronics Announces New Diagnostic Software to Reduce Design Time for Nano-class ICs

SEOUL , Korea – May 12 , 2005 : Samsung Electronics Co., Ltd., the leader in advanced semiconductor technology, has developed new diagnostic software for nano-class semiconductor products . The new diagnostic software ESCORT (Estimation of Chip Performance on Process Tolerance) / SRSIM (Samsung Reliability Simulator) assesses the semiconductor circuit design for potential errors in the early stages of designing nanometer-scale circuitry.



The new software can perform simulation in the preliminary design stages, detecting any potential design errors before moving on to the prototype stages. This will result in greatly reinforcing production of high-quality memory products, a nd reducing valued development time and cost.



Samsung's ESCORT software can significantly increase wafer yield s through the careful simulation in the early stag es of the product development cycle. The Samsung SRSIM can estimate when the performance of transistors in the memory chip circuits might deteriorate after a series of designated time-lapses.



The new diagnostic processes can be applied not only to memory products, but also to display drive ICs (DDI) , CMOS image sensors (CIS) and system on chip (SoC) designs . By improving product yield and eliminating correction on mask , the ESCORT/SRSIM diagnostic software can shorten the product development time by at least four weeks, preventing unnecessary delays arising from a need to re-design the circuits . Based on the reduced design time and increased wafer yields, the new software is projected to save as much as $30 million ( U.S. ) in development costs each year.



About Samsung Electronics

Samsung Electronics Co., Ltd. is a global leader in semiconductor, telecommunication, digital media and digital convergence technologies with 2004 parent company sales of US$55.2 billion and net income of US$10.3 billion. Employing approximately 123,000 people in 93 offices in 48 countries, the company consists of five main business units: Digital Appliance Business, Digital Media Business, LCD Business, Semiconductor Business and Telecommunication Network Business. Recognized as one of the fastest growing brands, Samsung Electronics is the world's largest producer of color monitors, color TVs, memory chips and TFT-LCDs. For more information, please visit www.samsung.com.


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