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HEI Starts Commercial Production of World’s Fastest 128M SDRAMs

By November 26, 1998 December 9th, 2019 No Comments
– Realizes maximum data processing speed of 150MHz
– Expects to produce 18 million units for a turnover of $450 million
– Assumes a market share of 20 percent in global market for 128M SDRAM

HEI(President : Kim Young-Hwan) said on the 25th that it has launched the commercial production of the world’s fastest 128M SDRAMs(synchronous DRAMs).

Starting commercial production from this December, HEI will be producing 1.5 million units of 128M SDRAMs for a turnover of $450 million per year in ’99 and increase the volume substantially to 6 million units in the year 2000.

The market for the 128M SDRAM chips is estimated at 81 million units but this should grow explosively to 420 million in the following year with HEI assuming a market share of 20 percent. Last June, the company was the second to deliver 128M SDRAM samples to major computer makers such as IBM, Compac, Hewlett Packard and Apple, and has been recognized of its state-of-the-art technology from them.

By applying technologies for processing 128M SDRAM chips with circuit width of 0.21 micron, the number of its net die is more than 200 meaning the products have much higher yield ratio than the products from other chip manufacturers. Also it has the world’s fastest data processing speed of 150MHz compared to other 128M SDRAMs.

The product can support PC-100 specifications perfectly, and the packaging size is as same as that of 64M SDRAMs enabling it to be installed in the existing 64M DRAM systems without any modifications. And this product takes only 16 nanoseconds to have access to the stored data in the memory, compared to 26 nanoseconds of the existing products.

The prices for 128M SDRAM chips are estimated to be $25 in ’99 and $15 in 2000. With the data storage capacity equivalent to 1050 sheets of newspapers/ 42,000 sheets of manuscript papers, this product is highly integrated memory chip suitable for mid/large-range computers, workstations and high-performance PCs.