January 27, 1996 in Social Responsibility News

'2nd-Generation` 64M DRAM in Mass Production

Now, company officials reveal that they are first in the industry to ship out mass quantities of the 2nd-generation device, which is made with 0.32-micron processing technology. The improved version operates on a low 3.3 volts and processes information at a very fast rate of 50 nanoseconds.

A 16-byte wide function has been added to the 2nd-generation device making it possible to process large amounts of data more quickly. This feature satisfies demand by makers of systems that require very large memory apacities.

Company officials believe that the improved 64M DRAM will soon replace 4M DRAMs and 16M DRAMs as the market leader. The 64M DRAM is principally used


in the main memory of large-capacity systems such as multimedia and HDTV. Its use is expanding rapidly and its market is expected to mature by 1998 or 1999. Annual world demand by the turn of the century is forecast to be around US$ 31 billion.

According to DataQuest (October 1995), the average price for 64M DRAMs in 1996 will be US$ 309. Samsung Electronics is now in a position to be the market leader in three memory chip categories - 4M, 16M and 64M DRAM.

Samsung Electronics Co., Ltd. is the world`s leading producer of semiconductor memory products and a US$ 21 billion affiliate of Samsung Group, a US$ 80 billion Korea-based conglomerate (`95 estimates). Among the industry`s fastest growing high-quality, multinational IC manufacturers, Samsung manufactures more than 2,500 semiconductor product types across a range of categories. Its total annual semiconductor sales exceeded US$ 8 billion last year.

The size of DRAM market and average market prices:
(million, US$)

Item   1995 1996 1997 1998 1999 4M Market size 1,315 1,062 812 434 209 DRAM Average price 13.21 12.99 10.45 7.75 6.95 16M Market size 312 724 1,090 1,145 918 DRArM Average price 51.77 48.95 36.10 26.70 23.00

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