Samsung Unveils Fast Graphics DRAM

TOKYO (02/14/2000) - South Korea's Samsung Electronics Co. Ltd. says it has developed the world's first SDRAM (synchronous dynamic random access memory) chip for graphics applications capable of operating at 266MHz.

The chip, which has a capacity of 64M bits, will be available in sample quantities from June, the company said in a statement today. In use, the company anticipates four of the chips, which each support a 32-bit bus, will be used together to offer 128-bit bus systems.

The device can process 4G bytes of data per second which translates to more than 60 frames per second of high-resolution, three-dimensional (3D) video (defined as 1,024 by 768 pixels at 32-bit color). With this performance, Samsung claims the chip can support any 3D program available on the market and expects sales of the chip to total US$300 million this year.

Demand for the chip is expected to come mainly from multimedia applications and those involving digital video, such as DVD Video and digital television.

Samsung Electronics, in Tokyo, can be found online at

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