Samsung is the first manufacturer in the world to get 256Mbit Dram memory technology out of the labs and into the factories.
The company said that IBM, Hewlett Packard, Compaq, Intel and Sun had already received samples of the semiconductors, and Samsung said that it will begin mass production at the beginning of next year.
It claimed that other Dram manufacturers will be unable to supply similar chips for another two to three years.
The chips will use .18 micron technology but Samsung has managed to produce them using eight-inch rather than 12-inch wafers, which means it can use the same production lines that it currently uses for 64Mbit parts. Samsung estimates that revenue from the new chips will be worth around $10 billion by 2001.
The 256Mbit parts will run at 167MHz.
Sources close to Samsung said that the company is determined to stay ahead in the Dram game, despite the financial troubles that it and the other South Korean conglomerates are currently suffering.
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