Samsung has been the world's largest supplier of
SRAMs for the past five years, with its 1999 sales revenue reaching about $966
million accounting for a 21.7 percent market share.
The company expects its SRAM sales will post $1.5
billion this year and $1.8 billion next year with its 2001 global market share
reaching 26 percent.
In May the company has developed 16M SRAMs, which
are a fourth of the size of current SRAMs and can run on 1.8V, the industry's
lowest level of power consumption. It also supports 32-bit data line, double the
speed of existing products, allowing for a faster Internet connection. The
company also plans to begin mass production of the 4M SRAM this year.
The demand for low voltage SRAM is expected to post
a sharp growth, driven by the proliferation of mobile phones and other portable
computing gadgets. It is expected to account for 34 percent of the entire SRAM
market in 2001 and 48 percent in 2003. The total SRAM market is estimated to
reach around $6.5 billion in 2002.