January 17, 2000 in Social Responsibility News

Multiple Companies Agree to Develop Advanced DRAM Technology

SEOUL, Korea - January 17, 2000 - Hyundai Electronics, Infineon Technologies, Intel Corporation, Micron Technology, Inc., NEC Corporation, and Samsung Electronics, today announced they will cooperatively develop a high-performance advanced DRAM technology targeted for potential applications in 2003 and beyond. Developers anticipate that this DRAM technology will be suitable for multiple cost-effective computing platforms of the future. Under the terms of the agreement, the developers will work together and with industry participants to develop the architecture, electrical and physical design, and related infrastructure for this advanced DRAM technology. The developers will enable the adoption of this advanced DRAM technology by providing application, design and other information needed to develop future chipsets, platforms, and other elements critical to bringing the future memory technology to market.

This advanced DRAM technology will be industry developed. Interested companies can access design information and will be able to provide input in the development process by entering into a participant`s agreement during the development process, specifications will be provided to participants for review and feedback. Final specifications will be made available to all interested parties.

This cooperative development effort between developers and participants will help ensure that the DRAM roadmap is consistent with microprocessor and system architecture evolution in a variety of future systems.
About the Developers
Hyundai MicroElectronics has emerged into a global semiconductor powerhouse, providing complete lines of semiconductor products including DRAM, SRAM, Flash Memory and System IC devices. Focused on producing quality products and maintaining customer satisfaction, combined with the investment of billions of dollars in R&D, Hyundai is taking a leadership role in providing innovative technologies that will further its objective of becoming the Top Semiconductor Company in the world. Hyundai MicroElectronics, The Semiconductor Group of Hyundai Electronics Industries Co., Ltd.

Infineon Technologies AG, Munich, Germany, offers semiconductor solutions for applications in the wireless and wired communications markets, for the automotive and industrial sectors, for security systems and chip cards as well as memory products. With a global presence, Infineon operates in the US from San Jose, CA, and in the Asia-Pacific region from Singapore. In the fiscal year 1999 (ending September), the company achieved sales of EUR 4.24 billion (US $ 4.51 billion) with 25,800 employees worldwide. Further information at www.infineon.com

Intel, the world`s largest chip maker, is also a leading manufacturer of computer, networking and communications products. Additional information about Intel is available at www.intel.com/pressroom.
Micron Technology, Inc., and its subsidiaries manufacture and market DRAMs, very fast SRAMs, Flash, other semiconductor components, memory modules, graphics accelerators, and personal computer systems. Micron`s common stock is traded on the New York Stock Exchange (NYSE) under the symbol MU. To learn more about Micron Technology, Inc., visit its web site at www.micron.com.

NEC Corporation (NASDAQ: NIPNY) (FTSE: 6701q.l) pioneered the concept of C&C, the integration of Computers and Communications, and is the only company in the world to be counted among top ranking corporations spanning the wide range of fields essential for this vision of multimedia: computers, communications and electron devices. Employing in excess of 150,000 people around the world, NEC saw net sales in fiscal year 1998-99 amount to 4,759 billion yen (approx. US$40 billion). For further information, please visit the NEC home page at: http://www.nec-global.com.

About Samsung Electronics
Samsung Electronics Co., Ltd., with 1998 sales revenue of US$16.6 billion, is a world leader in the electronics industry. The Korea-based firm has operations in 46 countries and employs 42,000 people worldwide. The company consists of three main business divisions: Multimedia & Home Appliances, Semiconductors and Information & Telecommunications. For more information, visit the website, http://samsungelectronics.com


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