September 01, 1997 in Social Responsibility News

SAMSUNG Electronics Exports ALPHA Chip CPU

SEOUL, Korea - September 1, 1997 : Samsung Electronics Co., Ltd. (SEC) announced today the completion of its CPU development -- the Alpha chip (Product ID: KP21164).

For over a year, in an effort to expand its non-memory semiconductor product line, Samsung has been involved in developing CPU technology.

The prototype was completed in October of `96, and since then hundreds of its samples was sent worldwide to be tested. The Alpha chip will operate workstations and servers with Windows NT / UNIX systems. Also, to capture the visual computing market, it will embody functions such as 3D graphics, computer-aided design, moving pictures, and virtual reality.

With the current product at 533MHz, by the end of this year, the company plans to mass-produce the 600MHz version. In addition, by the first quarter of next year, Samsung Electronics plans to broaden its Alpha Chip product line by producing CPUs for the PC(Product ID: KP21164PC), which consume less energy, but delivers high performance on low costs.

The estimated Alpha chip production capacity of Samsung Electronics for this year is to be at the 4,000 mark, for 1998, the 110,000 mark, and one million for 1999; expanding its production by 12,500 a year.

Samsung Electronics Co., Ltd., a US$19 billion flagship company of Korean-based the Samsung Group, is a world leader in electronics, with operations in more than 60 countries.


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