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Samsung Electronics
Type Public
Korea Exchange (005930, 005935),
GDRs at London (SMSN LI, SMSD),
GDRs at Luxemburg (SAMDR)
Founded 1969
Headquarters Seocho Samsung Town, Seoul, South Korea
Key people CEO: Lee Yoon-woo
Former Chairman: Lee Kun-hee
Industry Consumer electronics,
Products See Business areas.
Revenue $103.4 billion[1] (2007)
Operating income $18.2 billion[2] (2007)
Net income $21.5 billion[3] (2007)
Employees Over 138,000 (2007)
Parent Samsung Group

Samsung Electronics (SEC, Hangul:삼성전자; KRXS: 005930, KRXS: 005935, LSE: SMSN, LSE: SMSD) is the world’s largest electronics and information technology company[4], headquartered in Seocho Samsung Town in Seoul, South Korea. It is is the largest South Korean company and the flagship subsidiary of the Samsung Group, South Korea’s largest conglomerate.

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, 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.[5]



The Samsung Group was founded in 1938 by Lee Byung-chul (1910-1987). It was incorporated in 1951 as Samsung Corporation.

Samsung Electronics was founded in 1969 in Daegu, 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.

Market ascendance

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 1 in the electronics industry.[6] Business Week also ranked Samsung as #12 in a ranking of the “Top 100 Most Innovative Companies” in a special report published April 24, 2006. [7] In January 2007, BrandFinance ranked the company as the Number 1 global brand in electronics.[8]

The semiconductor division of Samsung Electronics is the world’s largest memory chip and second largest semiconductor manufacturer worldwide.[9] 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.[10]

In 2007, Samsung became the world’s second largest mobile phone manufacturer, surpassing Motorola, just behind Nokia.[11].

Corporate affairs

Key business areas

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

  • The Digital Media business area covers computer devices such as laptop computers and laser printers; video displays such as televisions and computer monitors; and consumer entertainment devices such as DVD players, MP3 players, and digital camcorders.
  • The Semiconductor business area includes semiconductor chips such as SDRAM, SRAM, NAND flash memory; smart cards; Mobile Application Processors; Mobile TV receivers; RF Transceivers; CMOS Image Sensors, Smart Card IC, MP3 IC, DVD/BD/HDDVD Player SOC and multi-chip package (MCP); and storage devices such as optical disc drives and hard disk drives.
  • The Telecommunication Network business area includes multi-service DSLAMs and fax machines; cellular devices such as mobile phones, PDA phones, and hybrid devices called Mobile Intelligent Terminals (MITs); and satellite receivers.
  • The LCD business area focuses on TFT-LCD panels for laptops, monitors, and televisions.
  • The Digital Appliance business area includes home applicances such as refrigerators, air conditioners, air purifiers, washers, microwave ovens, and vacuum cleaners.

Company brands

  • Anycall – Mobile Phone brand
  • Sens – Laptop computer brand
  • Hauzen – Premium home appliances brand
  • Zipel – Home refrigerator brand
  • Yepp – MP3 player brand
  • Pavv – TV brand
  • Kenox (Digimax) – Digital camera brand
  • SyncMaster – Monitor brand
  • Zaigen – Samsung computer support centre
  • Magic Station – PC brand
  • MagicBright – LCD display technology brand
  • Magic Tune – Mouse operated OSD panel
  • Magic Rotation – Image is automatically rotated by pivoting the monitor
  • Magic Clear – Providing Vivid color and crystal clear image
  • Ultra Edition – Slim Mobile Phone brand
  • Pleomax – PC peripheral and battery brand
  • SpinPoint – PC hard disk drive brand
  • CLP – Laser printer brand
  • MyMy – Cassette player brand
  • Nexus – MP3 player and XM satellite radio

Sonic logo

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Sonic logo, Tag, Audio Mnemonic was written by Walter Werzowa, owner of Musikvergnuegen.

Worldwide production facilities

  • Giheung, Gyeonggi-do, South Korea – Semiconductors
  • Tangjung, Asan-si, Chungcheongnam-do, South Korea – S-LCD Corporation
  • Gumi, Gyeongsangbuk-do, South Korea – ODD, HDD, Mobile phones
  • Gwangju, South Korea – Home Appliances
  • Teeside, Newcastle upon Tyne, United Kingdom – TV, Fax Machine, Home Appliances
  • Dongguan, China
  • Samsung Mexicana S.A. DE C.V., Tijuana (Mexico) – LCD Monitor, LCD TV, Mobile Phones
  • NOIDA and Chennai, India – Flat TVs, LCD TVs, CRT & TFT LCD Monitors, Refrigerators, Washing Machines, GSM Mobile Handsets [12]
  • Samsung Austin (Texas) Semiconductor; DRAM, Flash Memory
  • Samsung Electronics Philippines – ODD
  • Jászfényszaru, Hungary – TV sets
  • Samsung Electronics Indonesia, Cikarang, Indonesia – ODD, Set Top Box, DVD player, DVD recorder, TV, CRT monitors
  • Samsung Electronics Slovakia, Galanta, (Slovakia) – Monitors, LCD-TV, PDP-TV, Set-Top-Box, DVD player, DVD recorder, MP3
  • Samsung Eletronica Da Amazonia LTDA, Manaus, (Brazil) – LCD Monitor,LCD-TV, PDP-TV, DVD player, DVD recorder, MP3 Players, HDD
  • Samsung Eletronica Da Amazonia LTDA, Campinas, (Brazil) – Mobile Phones, LCD Monitors

List of Samsung Electronics mobile phones

  • Samsung SPH-M4650
  • Samsung SGH-D900
  • Samsung P900
  • Samsung SGH-P207
  • Samsung SGH-i607
  • Samsung U900 Soul
  • Samsung E250

See also

  • Samsung Global Scholarship Program – A study and work program of Samsung Electronics
  • Samsung Group
  • Ho-Am Prize – A cultural award funded by Samsung in honor of Byung-Chull Lee
  • Home appliances
  • List of Korea-related topics
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