History of Samsung Electronics
Samsung Electronics Co., Ltd. is the chief subsidiary of South Korea's giant Samsung Group and the largest electronics producer in Asia. Samsung Electronics operates four main divisions including Digital Media, Semiconductors, Information & Communications, and Home Appliances. The company sells televisions, video, and audio equipment; computers and related products; phones, cellular phones, and fax machines; home appliances; semiconductors; network-related products; factory automation products; fiber optics products; closed circuit security products; motors and compressors; and solar energy systems. In 2000, Samsung Electronics held the leading market position in the code division multiple access (CDMA) Handset, DRAM, SRAM, and color monitor markets. Samsung Electric Industries was established as a subsidiary of Samsung Group in 1969 in Suwon, South Korea. Its early products were electronic and electrical appliances including televisions, calculators, refrigerators, air conditioners and washing machines. In 1970, Samsung Group established another subsidiary, Samsung-NEC, jointly with Japan's NEC Corporation to manufacture home appliances and audiovisual devices. In 1974, the group expanded into the semiconductor business by acquiring Korea Semiconductor, one of the first chip-making facilities in the country at the time. The acquisition of Korea Telecommunications, an electronic switching system producer, was completed at the start of the next decade in 1980. Samsung Electronics launched its first mobile phone in 1988, in the South Korean market. In 2005, Samsung Electronics surpassed Japanese rival, Sony, for the first time to become the world's twentieth-largest and most popular consumer brand, as measured by Interbrand In 2007, Samsung Electronics became the world's second-largest mobile-phone maker, overtaking Motorola for the first time. In April 2011, Samsung Electronics sold its HDD commercial operations to Seagate...
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