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SanDisk's Steve Jobs flashback - Reuters Blogs
Recalling the price crashes of late 2008, Harari added wistfully: “In the fourth quarter it was 90 cents for one gigabyte.” A few years after 2000, Jobs got his flash memory from Samsung at a bargain price, Harari said. After that, flash memory became...
LCDs Gained Share Among HDTVs During Holidays - PC Magazine
Samsung, again, remained on top of the market. Global TV shipments declined by 6 percent year-over-year to 43.3 million units; revenue fell by 12 percent, as average selling prices declined. LCD TVs gained share among the different categories of TVs,...
Ozzy Osbourne Is the New Face of Samsung Jack Cell Phones -
Oddly enough, Ozzy Osbourne — who has already worked his geek mojo for World of Warcraft — has just teamed up with Samsung to help catapult the new Samsung Jack Windows smartphone into drool-worthy gadget status. This cheeky new commercial features...
DisplayLink gets some HD love - CNET News
Hot off the heels of its Linux news, the company announced three new DisplayLink processors that have already been deployed in Samsung's new SyncMaster LapFit LD190N and LG220G USB companion monitors. Both are currently available in Europe and Asia....
Samsung Galaxy aka I7500 gets French launch in July - Android Community
French carrier Bouygues Telecom have revealed that they will be offering the Samsung I7500 in early July, with a new name: the Samsung Galaxy. Still bearing the 3.2-inch AMOLED 320 x 480 touchscreen display that makes it so unique, the Galaxy will...
Samsung, Hynix, Silicon Image sign up to new DRAM standard - TG Daily
By Mike Magee A consortium has formed to promote a memory specification for DRAM including two of the bigger DRAM firms, Hynix and Samsung, along with LG Electronics and Silicon Image. The specification is Serial Port Memory Technology (SPMT) which...
Op-Ed Contributor Notes From Another Credit Card Crisis - New York Times
In the 1960s, the South Korean government had nationalized the banks and divided the country's resources among a handful of companies, including Samsung, Hyundai and LG. These family-owned conglomerates, known as the chaebol, dominated the economy....
Fusion-io Working with Samsung on Network-Attached, Solid State ... - Business Wire (press release)
LAS VEGAS--(BUSINESS WIRE)--Fusion-io, the leader in enterprise solid state architecture and high-performance I/O solutions, today announced the company is working with its vendor of the year, Samsung Semiconductor, to create the next generation of...
Samsung BD-P3600 Blu-ray Player: Review By Chris Boylan -
And Samsung's current Blu-ray offering, the BD-P3600 has all this and more… perhaps too much more (but we'll get to that). The primary task of a Blu-ray Disc player is, well, to play Blu-ray Discs. The BD-P3600 does that admirably, as well as playing...
Samsung Electronics Leads US Premium TV Market - 조선일보(영문판)
Samsung Electronics remains on top of the game in the US premium television market followed by Sony and LG Electronics. Findings by market research firm NPD Group show Samsung won nearly 27 percent of the market in terms of units sold and more than 34...

Samsung Electronics

Samsung Electronics (SEC, Hangul:삼성전자; KRX: 005930, KRX: 005935, LSE: SMSN, LSE: SMSD) is the world's largest electronics company, headquartered in Seocho Samsung Town in Seoul, South Korea. It is the largest South Korean company and the flagship subsidiary of the Samsung Group.

Samsung Electronics is the global market leader in more than 60 products, including Semiconductors such as DRAM, SDRAM, Flash Memory and Hard Drives, Digital Displays such as LCD Displays, Plasma Displays and OLED Displays, Home Electronics such as TVs, DVD Players, Blu-ray Players, Home Cinema Systems, Set-Top Boxes and Projectors, Mobile Devices such as Mobile Phones, MP3 Players, Digital Cameras and Camcorders, Computing Products such as Monitors, Laptops, UMPCs, CD and DVD Drives, Laser Printers and Fax Machines and Home Appliances such as Refrigerators, Washing Machines, Microwaves, Ovens, Vacuum Cleaners and Air Conditioners.

In 2005, Samsung surpassed Japanese rival Sony for the first time to be rated as the new leading and most popular consumer electronics brand in the world by Interbrand. In 2007, Samsung Electronics' handset division overtook American rival Motorola, making it the world's second largest mobile phone maker. At the end of 2007, Samsung Electronics exceeded the $100 billion mark in annual sales for the first time in its history. This achievement places the company, along with Siemens of Germany and Hewlett-Packard of the U.S., among the world's top three companies in the electric appliances and electronics industry.

The Samsung Group was founded in 1938 by Lee Byung-chull (1910-1987). It was incorporated in 1951 as Samsung Corporation. The meaning of the Korean word Samsung is "tristar" or "three stars". See Wikipedia article for Samsung Group.

Samsung Electronics was founded in 1969 in Suwon, South Korea as Samsung Electric Industries originally manufacturing electronic appliances such as TVs, calculators, refrigerators, air conditioners and washers. By 1981, the company had manufactured over 10 million black and white TVs. In 1988, it merged with Samsung Semiconductor & Communications.

Samsung is a top rated electronic & IT brand in various reports. In 2006, Business Week rated Samsung as 20th on the Top 100 global brands and the Number 2 in the electronics industry. Business Week also ranked Samsung as #20 in a ranking of the "Top 100 Most Innovative Companies" in a special report published April 24, 2006. In January 2007, BrandFinance ranked the company as the Number 1 global brand in electronics.

The semiconductor division of Samsung Electronics is the world's largest memory chip and second largest semiconductor manufacturer worldwide. In particular this has been the case for DRAM and SRAM for over a decade. Samsung, the world's largest LCD manufacturer, plans to begin running its eighth-generation manufacturing line to make 57-inch panels during the second half of the year.

In 2007, Samsung became the world's second largest mobile phone manufacturer, surpassing Motorola, just behind Nokia..

Samsung Electronics focuses on four areas: Digital Media, Semiconductor, Telecommunication Network, and LCD Digital Appliance. The main growing business areas related to LCD+Digital Media+Semiconductor at 2006.

As of 3Q 2008 Samsung Electronics has combined the Digital Appliance business with Digital Media.

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Samsung Group

Samsung Group headquarters at Seocho Samsung Town, Seoul.

The Samsung Group (Korean: 삼성 그룹, Samsung Group) is the world's largest conglomerate. leading several industries in the world. It is composed of numerous international businesses, all united under the Samsung brand, including Samsung Electronics, the world's largest electronics company, Samsung Heavy Industries, one of the world's largest shipbuilders and Samsung Engineering & Construction, a major global construction company. These three multinationals form the core of Samsung Group and reflect its name - the meaning of the Korean word Samsung is "tristar" or "three stars".

The Samsung brand is the best known South Korean brand in the world and in 2005, Samsung overtook Japanese rival Sony as the world's leading consumer electronics brand and became part of the top twenty global brands overall. It is also the leader in many domestic industries, such as the financial, chemical, retail and entertainment industries.

Currently helmed by Lee Soo-bin, CEO of Samsung Life Insurance, it has been run by generations of one of the world's wealthiest families, formerly by chairman Lee Kun-Hee, the third son of the founder, Lee Byung-Chull. Samsung Group also owns the Sungkyunkwan University, a major private university in South Korea, with many of its graduates being employed by Samsung Group affiliates.

Many major South Korean corporations such as CJ Corporation, Hansol Group, Shinsegae Group and Joong-Ang Ilbo daily newspaper were previously part of the Samsung Group, split apart by the government in order to prevent Samsung from becoming too powerful. Many leading companies in South Korea, notably MP3 player manufacturer iriver and search engine portal Naver, were established by ex-Samsung employees. A large number of South Korean firms, particularly those in the electronics industry, are dependent on Samsung for the supply of vital components or raw materials such as semiconductor chips or LCD panels. This has led to continued allegations of price fixing and monopolistic practices.

Samsung Group accounts for more than 20% of South Korea's total exports, with strong government support, including the ability to access unlimited amount of funds from major banks in South Korea. In many domestic industries, Samsung Group is the sole monopoly dominating a single market, its revenue as large as some countries' total GDP. In 2006, Samsung Group would have been the 34th largest economy in the world if ranked, larger than that of Argentina. The company owns or has taken over so many mid to small sized businesses that it is often called a 'colonial empire' or 'hungry dinosaur'. The company has a powerful influence on the country's economic development, politics, media and culture, being a major driving force behind the Miracle on the Han River; many businesses today use its international success as a role model.

Lee Byung-Chull founded Samsung in 1938. It started as a small trading company with forty employees, located in Seoul. The company did fairly well until the Communist invasion in 1950 which caused great damage to his inventories. He was forced to leave and start over in Suwon in 1951. In just a year, the company’s assets had grown twentyfold. In 1953, Lee created a sugar refinery—the South Korea’s first manufacturing facility after the Korean War. “The company prospered under Lee’s philosophy of making Samsung the leader in each industry he entered” (Samsung Electronics). The company started moving into service businesses such as insurance, securities, and department store. In the early 1970s, Lee borrowed money from foreign companies to begin the mass communication industry by launching a radio and television station (Samsung Electronics).

South Korean President Park Chung-hee’s regime during the 1960s and 1970s, helped Samsung Electronics and many other Korean firms. Park put great importance in increasing economic growth and development, and assisted large, profitable companies, protecting them from competition and aiding financially as well. His government banned several exterior companies selling consumer electronics in South Korea. “To make up for a lack of technological expertise in South Korea, the South Korean government effectively required foreign telecommunications equipment manufacturers to hand over advanced semiconductor technology in return for access to the Korean market” (Samsung Electronics). This enormously helped Samsung to manufacture the first Korean dynamic random access memory chips.

Samsung Group later formed several electronics-related divisions, such as Samsung Electron Devices Co., Samsung Electro-Mechanics Co., Samsung Corning Co., and Samsung Semiconductor & Telecommunications Co., and grouped them together under Samsung Electronics Co., Ltd. in 1980s. Its first product was a black-and-white television set (Samsung Electronics).

In the late 1980s and early 1990s, Samsung Electronics invested heavily in research and development, constructing the company as a leader in the global electronics industry. “By the 1980s Samsung was manufacturing, shipping, and selling a wide range of appliances and electronic products throughout the world” (Samsung Electronics). In 1982, it built a television assembly plant in Portugal; in 1984, it built a $25 million plant in New York; and in 1987, it built another $25 million facility in England (Samsung Electronics).

The 1990s saw Samsung rise as an international corporation. Not only did it acquire a number of businesses abroad, but also began leading the way in certain electronic components. Samsung's construction branch was awarded a contract to build one of the two Petronas Towers in Malaysia, Taipei 101 in Taiwan and the Burj Dubai in United Arab Emirates (founded by Callum Cuirtis), which is the tallest structure ever constructed. In 1996, the Samsung Group reacquired the Sungkyunkwan University foundation. In 1993 and in order to change the strategy from the imitating cost-leader to the role of a differentiator, Lee Kun-hee, Lee Byung-chull’s successor, sold off ten of Samsung Group's subsidiaries, downsized the company, and merged other operations to concentrate on three industries: electronics, engineering, and chemicals (Samsung Electronics).

Compared to other major Korean companies, Samsung survived the Asian financial crisis of 1997-98 relatively unharmed. However, Samsung Motor Co, a $5 billion venture was sold to Renault at a significant loss. Most importantly, Samsung Electronics (SEC) was officially spun-off from the Samsung Group and has since come to dominate the group and the worldwide semiconductor business, even surpassing worldwide leader Intel in investments for the 2005 fiscal year. Samsung's brand strength has greatly improved in the last few years.

Samsung became the largest producer of memory chips in the world in 1992. In 1995, it built its first liquid-crystal display screen. Ten years later, Samsung grew to be the world's largest manufacturer of liquid-crystal display panels. Sony, which had not invested in LCDs, contacted Samsung to cooperate. In 2006, S-LCD was established as a joint venture between Samsung and Sony in order to provide a stable supply of LCD panels for both manufacturers. S-LCD is owned by Samsung and Sony 51% to 49% respectively and operates its factories and facilities in Tangjung, South Korea.

In 2008, Samsung became the largest mobile phone maker in the United States and 2nd largest mobile phone maker in the World.

Considered a strong competitor by its rivals, Samsung Electronics expanded production dramatically to become the world's largest manufacturer of DRAM chips, flash memory, optical storage drives and it aims to double sales and become the top manufacturer of 20 products globally by 2010. It is now one of the world's leading manufacturers of liquid crystal displays and next generation mobile phones.

Samsung has also tried hard to improve its international image. It has spent more than $6 billion since 1998 on marketing, sponsoring the last five Olympics and erected a large video sign in Times Square in 2002 (Lee kun-hee). Samsung is very involved in the Asian Games, contributing Samsung Nations Cup Riding Competition, Samsung Running Festival, Samsung World Championship, and still many more around the globe. (Samsung Electronics).

Samsung Electronics, which saw record profits and revenue in 2004 and 2005, overtook Sony as one of the world's most popular consumer electronics brands, and is now ranked #20 in the world overall.

By late 2005, Samsung had a net worth of US$77.6 billion.

Currently, Samsung has sixteen products that have dominated the world’s market share, including: DRAM, color cathode-ray tube TVs (CPT, CDT), SRAM, TFT-LCD glass substrates, TFT-LCD, STN-LCD, tuner, CDMA handset, color television (CTV), monitor, flash memory, LCD Driver IC (LDI), PDP module, PCB for handheld (mobile phone plates), Flame Retardant ABS, and Dimethyl Formamide (DMF).

Plus in the Television market, Samsung and LG make the only screens for LCD TFT televisions and then later sell them on to the other companies.

According to Interbrand and BusinessWeek, Samsung’s brand value ranked 43rd (USD 5.2billion) in 2000, 42nd (USD 6.4 billion) in 2001, 34th (USD 8.3 billion) in 2002, 25th (USD 10.8 billion) in 2003, 21st (USD 12.5 billion) in 2004, and 20th (14.9 billion) in 2005 among top global companies.

In terms of export that directly contributes to the Korean economy, Samsung took up 18.1% of the all exports with USD 31.2 billion in 2000 and 20.7% with USD 52.7 billion in 2004. In addition, Samsung's tax payments to the Korean government in 2003 was KRW 6.5 trillion, which is about 6.3% of total tax revenue.

The market value of Samsung in 1997 reached KRW 7.3 trillion in 1997, which amounted to 10.3% of the Korean market but this figure increased to KRW 90.8 trillion taking up 22.4% in 2004.

Moreover, the annual net profit of Samsung marked KRW 5.8 trillion in 2001, KRW 11.7 trillion in 2002, KRW 7.4 trillion in 2003, and KRW 15.7 trillion in 2004, showing forth a steady increase.

In order to enhance the working environment and build a strong and trustworthy foundation, the semiconductor sector of Samsung Electronics has been conducting a ‘Great Workplace Program’ called GWP since 1998. Then, in 2003, GWP has spread throughout the entire Samsung Group as Samsung Fire and Marine Insurance, Samsung SDI, Samsung Everland, Samsung Corporation, Cheil Industries, Samsung Networks, and others started to apply its core principles. In 2006, 9 subsidiary companies of Samsung Electronics, 80 overseas branches, and 130 overseas business sectors have reported that they are actively applying the GWP.

Dramatic surge in Net Profits starting in the late 90's: $2.2Bil (1999), $7.3Bil (2000), $8.9Bil (2002), $11.8Bil (2004).

Samsung's Brand Value conducted by Interbrand of the world's top 100 brands: $6.4Bil (2001), $8.3Bil(2002), $10.8Bil(2003), $12.5Bil(2004), $14.9Bil(2005).

Market Capitalization (Ratio to the total market value of all Korean listed stocks): A dramatic increase from 7.3 trillion KRW, 10.3% of the total national listing value in 1997. At the end of 2004 national listing value in 22.4%.

Samsung's Annual Profits Growth: $4.5Bil (2001), $8.9Bil (2002), $5.6Bil (2003), $11.8Bil (2004) and Debt-to-Equity Ratio Decrease: 104% (2000), 78% (2001), 68% (2002), 56% (2003), 51% (2004).

The relations of Samsung companies are very complicated. According to the Financial Supervisory Service of South Korea, Samsung Everland owns 13.3% of Samsung Life Insurance; Samsung Life Insurance holds 34.5% of Samsung Card and 7.2% of Samsung Electronics, as well as more of other Samsung companies; Samsung Electronics in turns keeps 46.0% of Samsung Card and stocks of other Samsung companies; and finally, Samsung Card holds 25.6% of Samsung Everland.

The family of Lee Kun-hee owns 40% of Samsung Everland, whilst Samsung Card holds 25.6%, and related people have another 30%. Thus it is thought that Lee controls 95% of Samsung Everland. Control of one company, through the circular investment, enables the Lee family to control other Samsung companies despite having only relatively minor holdings.

Samsung owns the professional soccer club Suwon Samsung Bluewings, the baseball team Samsung Lions, the basketball team Seoul Samsung Thunders, the women's basketball team Samsung Bichumi, and the volleyball team Samsung Bluefangs in South Korea.

In 2005 Samsung signed the second biggest sponsorship deal in English football history with Premiership team Chelsea. Their five-year deal is estimated to be worth £50 million. In April 2008 Samsung and Mexican football team Club Deportivo Guadalajara signed a sponsorship deal for six years where Samsung will provide 865 plasma and LCD screens for the team's new stadium Estadio Chivas. The company's name will be in the front of the team's jersey starting January 2009.

In 15th January 2009, Samsung signed a three-year deal with the Brazilian football team Palmeiras, worth R$ 15 million annually (~4.8 million Euros annually). As well as having their logo printed on the Palmeiras football shirts, the deal also provides for the supply of Samsung products to the club, and a plan for activation with the crowd, being developed by Samsung.

The company sponsors the rugby league team the Sydney Roosters in the Australian National Rugby League 1995-1997 2004-present. It also sponsors the Melbourne Victory football club in the Australian A-League. The deal with Victory is also believed to be the largest in Australian club football history. From 2009 Samsung will be the primary sponsor of the Essendon Football Club.

Samsung is a sponsor of the April NASCAR Nextel Cup race at Texas Motor Speedway, the Samsung 500. This sponsorship, initially with RadioShack from 2002-2006, was in doubt after the 2003 race because of NASCAR's ban on wireless telecommunication sponsors effective the 2004 season, but was grandfathered into the Nextel contract. (Nextel uses exclusively Motorola equipment.) However, after Sprint's merger with Nextel, the ban was rescinded for Samsung, because of Sprint's sale of Samsung products.

Samsung has been a Worldwide Olympic Partner since 1997 in the Wireless Communications category.

Samsung sponsors a professional StarCraft team, Samsung Khan. Samsung Khan won their first championship in the first season 2008 Shinhan Bank Proleague. It is also the leading sponsor of the World Cyber Games, an annual competition for various computer games including StarCraft.

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Samsung World Championship

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The Samsung World Championship is an annual golf tournament, originating in 1980, for professional female golfers which takes place every October on the LPGA Tour. It is a limited player event, open by invitation only.

The tournament was founded in 1980 by Mark McCormack, founder of the sports management firm IMG, originally with the world’s top-12 LPGA players. The field was increased to 16 players in 1996 and to 20 in 1999. Electronics manufacturer Samsung became the title sponsor in 1995.

The 2008 championship included 20 players: the previous year's defending champion; the 2007 Vare Trophy winner; the 2007 LPGA Money Winner; the winners of the four 2008 women's major golf championships: the Kraft Nabisco Championship, McDonald's LPGA Championship, U.S. Women's Open, and Women's British Open; the leading player from the Ladies European Tour in 2008; one sponsor's exemption selected by the championship selection committee; the leading “active” LPGA Hall of Fame member on the LPGA Official Money List in 2008; and the top money winners on the LPGA Tour from the 2008 season.

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