May 09, 2001 in Social Responsibility News

SAMSUNG Electronics Develops Environmentally-friendly Memory Module

SEOUL, Korea - May 9, 2001 - Samsung Electronics has completed development of a "green" semiconductor product that uses no halogen compound-which contain such toxic substances as lead, chlorine and bromine. Company officials say that the new-concept device will go into mass production in the second half of 2001.

Other companies have come out with semiconductors that use lead-free solder packages. However, Samsung is the first to develop a package and module that contains neither lead nor halogens.

The new concept is initially being applied to Samsung's 128Mb synchronous DRAM package and 256MByte module for PC-133 systems. Samsung's "green product" will satisfy the ever-stricter environmental protection regulations around the world. At the same time, the corporate image will be enhanced among environmentally-conscious consumers.

Samsung has replaced the tin-lead compound used to plate the package terminals with a tin-bismuth compound. The conventional tin-lead solder paste has also been replaced by a tin-silver-copper compound. Moreover, the external packages and printed circuit boards no longer contain halogens such as chlorine, bromine or antimony. Samples of the "green product" applied to conventional packages, BGA (Ball Grid Array) packages and memory modules have proven to be outstanding in terms of functionality, durability and environment friendliness. Samsung will proceed with plans to apply the concept to all its semiconductor products in the second half of this year.
nullThe Samsung Group declared its commitment to protecting the environment in 1994, and since then Samsung Electronics has worked constantly to develop environmentally-friendly products. The "green product" is part of this concerted effort.

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 company has operations in about 50 countries with 66,000 employees worldwide. The company consists of four main business units: Digital Media, Semiconductor, Information & Communications and Home Appliance Businesses. For more information, please visit our website, http://samsungelectronics.com


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