Samsung: thanks a million to DRAMs

Samsung: thanks a million to DRAMs
David Manners Samsung says it expects to sell between two and three million 256Mbit synchronous DRAMs this year for a price of around ?100 apiece. Next month it will introduce a production version Direct Rambus 256Mbit. Samsung has achieved significant innovation in the transistor structure and in the I/O of the 256Mbit to get the die into the same package size as the 64Mbit using a 0.18?m process. Samsung has obtained 921 patents, 206 of them registered overseas, on the design and process innovations involved in the device. Next year, according to analysts In-Stat, the 256Mbit price will halve and by 2002 it will be around $20 at which point it is expected to overtake 64Mbit and 128Mbit DRAMs to become the dominant density in the DRAM market. The total DRAM market is expected to rise from $14bn in 1998 to $19bn this year, $31bn in 2000 and $52bn in 2001.


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