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  • Samsung Electronics Develops IC Process Tech. for 1GHz CPU
  • October 28, 1998 (SEOUL) -- Samsung Electronics Co., Ltd. announced that it has developed microchip processing technology that enables a central processing unit (CPU) to process data at a speed of 1GHz.
    For the first time in the world, Samsung Electronics has developed 0.18-micron chip process technology that enables a CPU to process information 1.5 times faster than a 0.25-micron microprocessor and at half the size, a Samsung official said.

    In the second half of 1999, the company plans to release a sample and apply it to a next-generation CPU, which it is jointly developing with U.S.-based Compaq Computer Corp.

    Based on this technology, Samsung said it hopes to continue to lead in the memory chip market, mainly focusing on high-speed CPU, ASIC and MDL businesses.

    Recently, the global non-memory chip industry has seen a change in chip processing know-how as the standard size has declined from 0.35-micron to 0.25-micron technology.

    "Memory chip makers are always concerned with making chips smaller and more efficient, whereas speed is the primary concern for non-memory chip developers," the official explained. "Samsung is the only firm posed to produce memory and non-memory chips using 0.18-micron processing technology."

    Press release from Sumsung Elecronics

    (Maeil Business Newspaper, Korea)

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    Updated: Tue Oct 27 18:44:24 1998 PDT