November 02, 2000 in Social Responsibility News

SEM Develops Multiple Frequency VCO

Samsung Electro-Mechanics has developed the world`s second high-tech triple-band voltage control oscillator (VCO), following only Alps of Japan. The new VCO incorporates frequency specifications for three types of systems including GSM, DCS 1800, the European mobile phone standard, and U.S.-PCS standard. Existing standard systems have just a single frequency capability. SEM`s triple-band VCO, measuring just 0.13cc,uses a switching method that controls inductance to change frequencies. Expecting a surge in demand for the new product next year, SEM will begin full mass production in the first quarter of 2001. Kim Yun-Seok, manager of SEM`s VCO team, said, "The mobile phone market has grown more complex with products such as the triple-band VCO and other multi-function, high value-added products. These will be the deciding factor for future success in this field." Last September, SEM succeeded in the development of a super-slim (0.035cc) VCO, another high value-added, high-function product. The latest successes will enhance SEM`s position in the existing mobile phone market and help it to pre-occupy the market for the upcoming IMT-2000 system. Currently, Samsung Electro-Mechanics` turnover in the VCO sector stands at 50 billion won annually. This figure is expected to grow to 70 billion won next year, as the company plans to expand production capacity to 2.2 million units. SEM is targeting a major role in the Chinese mobile phone market, which accounts for more than 18% of global demand.


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