March 29, 2001 in Social Responsibility News

SAMSUNG Electronics Introduces New Memory Module Standard for Servers

SEOUL, Korea - March 29, 2001 - Samsung Electronics has stepped up its market presence by developing a new memory module for rack mount (1U) Internet servers. Company officials say that samples of the dual in-line memory module (DIMM) have been already shipped to major server makers around the world.

Memory modules currently used in servers are either 1.7-inches or 1.5-inches high, while the height of the 1U server is 1.7-inches. Therefore, the modules have to be installed at a 45-degree angle, and space is limited to a maximum of four modules. Samsung`s new PC100/PC133 synchronous DRAM module is just 1.2-inches tall, so as many as six can be installed on a single mother board to support as much as six gigabytes of memory, a 50-percent increase over other products now available.

JEDEC Solid State Technology Association, the semiconductor engineering standardization body of the Electronic Industries Alliance, has officially approved the new 1.2-inch product. Samsung plans to begin mass production next month, as the company aims to expand its share of the world market for Internet server memory products.

Samsung`s semiconductor business strategy is to concentrate on value-added products. The percentage of Rambus DRAMs, double-data-rate (DDR) DRAMs, and 256-megabit devices in the overall lineup is increasing.
44-percent of Samsung`s total DRAM sales last year were for devices used in servers. With its latest memory module, the company is confident of increasing its share of this market.

The new DIMM module is completely compatible with the 1.7-inch and 1.5-inch PC100/PC133 ECC modules. The trend towards higher server memory capacity is expected to drive the market to the 1.2-inch version.

According to Dataquest, the Internet 1U server market was 10,589 units in 1999, and jumped to 35,503 units last year. This year, it is forecast to reach 42,526 units.About Samsung Electronics
Samsung Electronics Co., Ltd., with 2000 sales revenue of US$27 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


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