March 17, 1999 in Social Responsibility News

Samsung Electronics Ships First Mass-Produced 256M SDRAMs

Kiheung, South Korea - March 17, 1999 - Samsung Electronics Co., Ltd. has become the world's first manufacturer to begin mass-production of the 256M SDRAM (Synchronous Dynamic Random Access Memory).

Samsung will start by supplying major PC and systems manufacturers, such as Intel, IBM, Siemens, Dell, Compaq and Hewlett-Packard, and the company is planning to produce as many as 2 to 3 million 256M SDRAMs, equaling a 1999 sales target of US$200 to 300 million. The device is slated to become the highest volume memory product, and in 2002 the world market for 256M products is expected to reach US$24 billion.

Significance of 256M SDRAM Mass Production
While other semiconductor manufacturers are still working to complete development of 256M SDRAMs, Samsung Electronics delivered its first 256M SDRAM samples in 1998. Industry analysts have predicted that mass production would become possible in the year 2000 at the earliest, but Samsung has entered the market at least 6 months ahead of the competition.

Samsung's 256M SDRAMs use state-of-the-art 0.18-micron process technology, allowing the company to improve performance and efficiency. Moreover, the company will apply this technology to its current 64M and 128M SDRAM product offerings.

Impact on the Memory Market
Samsung Electronics' 256M SDRAM uses the same package footprint as the current 64M and 128M SDRAM. It is well suited to the rapidly-growing memory requirements in servers, workstations and high-performance PCs. The 256M SDRAM is also suitable for use in systems of ever-higher integration, where smaller form-factor and lower power dissipation are essential trends.

The new device is also fully compatible with the current PC-100 and PC-133 standards, and can extend performance up to 167MHz/second. Concurrently, Samsung expects to complete development of a 256M Rambus DRAM in April to further expand its product offering and technological leadership.

Samsung Electronics Co., Ltd., with k1998 sales revenue of about 17 billion dollars (US), is a world leader in the electronics industry. The Korea-based firm has operations in more than 50 countries with 60,000 employees worldwide. The company consists of three main business units: Multimedia & Home Appliances, Semiconductors and Information & Telecommunications. For more information, please visit our website,

* Since 1998, Samsung has met customer requirements for high-density 512MB DIMMs using 128M SDRAM devices and package stacking technology from Staktek Corporation. Staktek Corporation is Samsung's choice for package stacking technology.

* Electronic image file of the 256M SDRAM can be found on our website:

** Rambus is a registered trademark of Rambus, Inc.
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