November 18, 2000 in Social Responsibility News

SAMSUNG Begins Mass Production of Rambus(R) DRAMs with 0.17-micron Design Rule

SEOUL, Korea November 14, 2000 Samsung Electronics is expected to strengthen its position as a major force in the market for next-generation, high-speed memory chips, as the company goes into mass production of 3rd-generation Rambus dynamic random access memory (RDRAM) chips. These RDRAMs utilize 0.17-micron design rule, where circuits are about 1/600th the size of a human hair. The third-generation RDRAMs being mass-produced by Samsung will be available in 128Mb, 144Mb and 288Mb memory capacities. Four 288MB modules (each module consisting of sixteen chips) installed in a single system can support up to 2GB of memory. Application of the third-generation 0.17-micron design rule means that 25 percent more chips can be made per wafer than was possible with second-generation technology. The improved efficiency will reduce the high production costs that have hindered the mass utilization of RDRAMs. At the same time, Samsungs next-generation mass-production technology reduces the chip size and shortens the chips internal signal processing time. Therefore, operation speed is improved by over 30 percent and these DRAMs are now capable of reaching speeds of 1,066-MHz, the fastest of any memory chip currently available. Currently, Rambus DRAMs are mainly used in high-performance PCs and workstations. Their application is also expanding to include products requiring fast transmission of large volumes of data such as game consoles, set-top boxes, and portable communication devices. Importantly, Intels Pentium 4 processor chip, slated for its market debut at the end of November, is reportedly going to exclusively use RDRAMs in the near future. These developments are forecast to boost the world Rambus DRAM market by some 132% annually from US$1.7 billion this year to around US$9.2 billion by 2002. Samsung Electronics now holds 53% of the world RDRAM market. By launching the mass production of the third-generation version, Samsung expects annual sales to reach US$900 million in 2000. In addition to Rambus DRAMs, Samsung Electronics has mass production lines using a design rule of 0.17-microns or smaller for synchronous DRAMs and double data rate (DDR) DRAMs. This enables the company to widen its lead over the competition, thereby maintaining its top position in the world market. 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 Korea-based concern has operations in about 50 countries with 54,000 employees worldwide. The company consists of three main business units: Digital Media, Semiconductors and Information & Communications Businesses. For more information, please visit our website, http://samsungelectronics.com Rambus, RDRAM and the Rambus logo are registered trademarks of Rambus Inc. Direct Rambus, Direct RDRAM, RIMM and SO-RIMM are trademarks of Rambus Inc. All other brands or product names are the property of their respective holders.


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