October 18, 2000 in Social Responsibility News

SAMSUNG Launches SOC Chipsets for CD/MP3 Dual Audio Players

SEOUL, Korea - October 18, 2000 - Samsung Electronics has become the first in the industry to develop system-on-chip (SOC) chipsets (S1L9226, S3C8245, S5L9274, and S5L9288) that can play both CD and MP3 music files.

Utilizing the company’s strength in sub-micron technology and SOC design capabilities, the company was able to decrease the number of chipsets from 8 to 4. This reduces cost by over 15% and board area by about 30%.

The mass production of these chipsets will begin from this month, allowing Samsung to be 6 months ahead of the competition. The company plans to merge current the 4 chipsets into 2 chipsets in the near future.

The launch of these chipsets is expected to increase the market size for CD/MP3 dual audio players. The market will reach 6 million units in 2001, and grow up to 10 million by 2002.

With MP3 technology, the size of CD music files can be compressed by one-tenth. While a CD can store only 15 CD music files, the same CD can store over 150 copies of MP3 files.

About Samsung Electronics
Samsung Electronics Co., Ltd., with 1999 sales revenue of US$22.8 billion is a world leader in the electronics industry. The company, based Korea, have operations in about 50 countries with 54,000 employees worldwide. The company consists of three main business units: Digital Media System, Semiconductor and Information & Communications Businesses. For further information, please visit our web site, http://samsungelectronics.com

■ What is MP3?
1. Abbreviation of "MPEG1 Layer3" which means that the Music file made by compressed technology of the audio data.
2. Storing capacity of MP3 file on a CD: 160 ~ 180 files*
- Common music CD: 640Mbyte
- Common MP3 file: 3.5 ~ 4.0Mbyte
* based on average music file size (3~5 minutes playing)

■ Function & Service
1. S1L9226 : Converting optical signal to electric signal and Motor control for CD Disc
2. S5L9288 : Digital signal processing and Signal error correction
3. S5L9274 : Decoding CD-ROM and MP3 file type
4. S3C8245 : Built-in of LDI(LCD Driver IC) and MCU(Micro Controller Unit) function

■ Main Features of SAMSUNG CD/MP3 Chipsets
1. Built-in ESP (Electrical Shock Proof) for CD & MP3
2. Low Power
3. Decoding of CD-R/CD-RW Disc
4. CD File System Decoding (File Holding)
5. Merge to One Chip of External Buffer Memory
6. 8Bit System Controller, LCD Module included


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