Samsung Electronics Co., Ltd. announced the expansion of its Suzhou, China facility with a new assembly and final test line, and a research and development (R&D) center for semiconductor package technology and local engineering support. Samsung is said to be the market leader in China for SRAMs, display driver ICs, VCD chips, and TFT LCD panels for Notebook PCs.
"Samsung has been a major supplier to China's electronic industry since the late 80s and this investment reinforces our commitment to manufacture and market advanced, high quality devices for local consumption," said Yoon Woo Lee, president and CEO of Samsung Electronics' Device Solution Network business. "Today Samsung sets another milestone in China. The new R&D center and production line will augment local customer support and strengthen our relationship with China's IT industry and academia."
Samsung established Samsung Electronics Suzhou Semiconductor (SESS) production facility in 1996. Located at the Suzhou Industrial Park in China's Jiangsu Province, the production site first began manufacturing logic devices. Since then, SESS has expanded its capacity and product diversity with a broad line of semiconductors such as microcontrollers, DRAM modules, SRAMs, and Flash memories. The new line (No. 3) will increase capacity for high-performance memories, especially for 256 MB and higher density DRAMs, Flash memories, and SRAMs.
Samsung's new R&D center, Samsung Semiconductor China R&D Co., Ltd. (SSCR), is also located at the Suzhou Industrial Park. SSCR will focus on semiconductor package technology. Samsung hopes its first R&D center for the core component business established in China will play a pivotal role in stimulating joint R&D projects with the local academia. The company plans to expand its R&D efforts to system solution development by the first quarter in 2004.
to Daily News