October 30, 2005 in Social Responsibility News

SAMSUNG Electronics Opens Asia’s Largest R&D Center

Seoul, Korea – October 30 , 2005 : Samsung Electronics Co., Ltd., ranked the number one producer of TVs by revenue, announced the opening of the Digital Research Center , a new research facility dedicated to its Digital Media Business. Standing tall at 36 stories, the new facility is the largest R&D Center in Asia and expected to become a major R&D hub for development of digital TVs.
President Geesung Choi of Samsung Electronics' Digital Media Business states, “The Digital Research Center will play a key role in our drive to be the digital TV leader.” He adds, “This facility will turn out a steady stream of innovative printers, camcorders, monitors and notebook PCs that are on the cutting edge of the digital renaissance.”
The Digital Research Center is a state-of-the-art building that houses special-purpose facilities that will elevate the level of technological development and innovation in digital consumer electronics and IT products. These labs are built for functions such as picture and sound quality assessment, safety, reliability testing and environmental testing and encompass some 23,000m 2 .
Ground was broken in September 2003 and construction was completed at the end of September 2005. Floor space totals 214,500m 2 , equivalent to the area of 30 international regulation football (soccer) fields. Currently, 5,200 employees work at the R&D Center and it will eventually accommodate 9,000 researchers.
he Samsung Electronics Digital Research Center is being staffed by some of the very best minds in the industry. Of the 4,100+ R&D personnel who are part of the Digital Media Business, around 1,500 hold post-graduate degrees. There are also more than 150 expatriate researchers from China , India , Japan , Russia , UK and US.



Digital Research Center Statistics






Total floor space

214,500m² (building site: 21,450m²)





Floors

36, plus 5 basement levels





Capacity

9,000 people





Height

184m





Elevators

33 (traveling at 5m/sec.)








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 113, 6 00 people in over 90 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 a leading producer of digital TVs, memory chips, mobile phones, and TFT-LCDs. For more information, please visit www.samsung.com


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