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19 Oct 2006 13:04
Samsung Electronics, the world’s largest memory chipmaker, said on Thursday it expects its sales of dynamic random access memory (DRAM) chips to hit a record $10-billion this year.
The South Korean firm also announced it is developing a new DRAM chip expected to boost the world market to $55-billion by 2011.
“In the 23rd year of the DRAM business this year, what is most encouraging is that Samsung’s DRAM sales are expected to be $10-billion,” Samsung said in a statement.
“It will be the first for any single semiconductor product to attain the 10-billion-dollar sales goal.”
Samsung’s DRAM business has grown 24% annually since it was first launched in 1984, the statement said.
Samsung also announced it is developing the world’s first one-gigabit DRAM chip using 50-nanometer processing technology.
It said it would begin producing the new memory chip, which guarantees faster data-processing speeds, lower power consumption and improved performance, in the first quarter of next year.
“With mass production slated for 2008, the 50-nanometer DRAM chip is well positioned to become the mainstay of a DRAM market that is expected to be worth $55-billion by 2011,” the statement said.
One nanometer is one billionth of a meter and the smaller the number, the more capacity that can be put onto a single chip. - AFP
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