Intel Certifies Samsung's 50nm-class, 1Gb DDR2 DRAM

Samsung Electronics Co., Ltd., the world leader in advanced memory technology, announced that its 50 nanometer (nm)-class DDR2 (double data rate) DRAM – the industry’s most advanced DRAM (dynamic random access memory) – has been certified by Intel Corporation to work with Intel’s existing and next-generation chipsets at speeds of 800 megabits per second (Mbps).

Samsung’s 1Gb DDR2 DRAM that uses the 50nm-class process technology was developed in October 2006. No other company has yet developed similar process technology for DDR2.

Processing 1Gb DDR2 DRAMs in the 50nm range doubles the productivity of a 1Gb DDR2 DRAM fabricated using 80nm process technology, while improving production efficiency by 50% over DRAM produced using the 60nm fabrication process.

As the use of Windows Vista-based PCs is expected to grow significantly in the enterprise markets during the second half of this year, demand for higher-capacity main memory should increase proportionately.

The market is expected to shift from 512Mb DRAM to 1Gb DRAM memory and set manufacturers will transition from DDR2 to DDR3 beginning in late 2007.

Samsung’s 50nm-class DRAM processing technology, now validated by Intel, will be used in mass producing DDR2 beginning the first half of next year, as well as other next-generation DRAM memory, including DDR3, GDDR4 and GDDR5, plus the latest mobile DRAM.

Intel validated Samsung’s 60nm-class chip design technology last March. Samsung was the first to begin mass production at the 60nm-class earlier this year and will be the first to start mass producing in the 50nm range next year. Other companies are still employing the 60nm, 70nm or 80nm design rule.

About Samsung Electronics America, Inc.
Headquartered in Ridgefield Park, NJ, Samsung Electronics America, Inc. (SEA) markets a broad range of award-winning consumer electronics, information systems, and home appliance products; and oversees Samsung’s North American operations, including Samsung Telecommunications America, LP, Samsung Semiconductor Inc., Samsung Electronics Canada, Inc. and Samsung Electronics Mexico, Inc.

About Samsung Electronics
Samsung Electronics Co., Ltd. is a global leader in semiconductor, telecommunication, digital media and digital convergence technologies with 2006 parent company sales of US$63.4 billion and net income of US$8.5 billion. Employing approximately 138,000 people in over 124 offices in 56 countries, the company consists of five main business units: Digital Media Business, LCD Business, Semiconductor Business, Telecommunication Network Business, and Digital Appliance Business. Recognized as one of the fastest growing global brands, Samsung Electronics is a leading producer of digital TVs, memory chips, mobile phones and TFT-LCDs. Samsung Electronics Co., Ltd., ranks #5 in the 2006 Consumer Electronics segment of the Fortune Magazine “America’s Most Admired Companies,” and ranks #20 in the BusinessWeek “The Best Global Brand 100 2006.” Samsung Electronics Co, Ltd. is a top patent holder, ranking second overall in the U.S. in 2006.