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Samsung starts 256-megabit DRAM production

The South Korean chipmaker say it's the first company to begin mass production of the high-capacity chip.

Samsung Electronics has begun mass producing 256-megabit memory chips.

That makes the South Korean chipmaker the first company to begin mass production of the high-capacity DRAM (dynamic random access memory) chip, Samsung said in a statement. Samsung plans to produce between 2 million and 3 million such chips this year, worth a projected $200 million to $300 million in sales revenue.

Samsung's 256-megabit DRAM uses the same package "footprint" as current 64- and 128-megabit DRAMs, but looks ahead to rapidly growing memory requirements of servers, workstations, and high-end PCs. The world synchronous memory chip market is projected to reach $18.5 billion in 1999; 256-megabit chips are expected to account for $400 million of the total, Samsung said.

Samsung Electronics, the world's largest maker of computer memory chips, is a unit of the Samsung Group.

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