Samsung Electronics (Ridgefield Park, NJ, U.S.) launched its Four-Door Convertible Refrigerator at the 2005 Kitchen/Bath Industry Show in Las Vegas, NV, U.S. The 25-cu-ft refrigerator has four zones with adjustable temperature settings to allow customized food storage.
Samsung’s time divided multicycle (TDM) refrigeration system uses four evaporators to optimize temperature and humidity for all sections. While the TDM system reportedly helps keep produce fresh longer, the four compartments enable easy organization of groceries. The compartments are also said to help prevent odor transfer.
“The Four-Door Convertible Refrigerator gives modern households unprecedented flexibility,” said JT Ahn, business director of Home Appliances for Samsung. “Consumers can convert refrigerator space to freezer space to prepare for holiday entertaining. Then they can increase their refrigerator capacity to store the leftovers when the party is over.”
Users can adjust the climate in the different zones to keep ice cream extra-cold or soft-freeze vegetables to prevent spoiling. Two convertible drawers offer high temperature settings (50°F/10°C for wine chilling) and low temperature settings (-13°F/-25°C for quick-freezing), in addition to standard refrigerator, freezer, and soft-freeze settings. Drawers can convert from refrigerator to freezer and back again. A large digital LCD panel controls the cooling zones and is designed to provide intuitive operation.