Understanding the Importance of Component Standards

In the digital electronics marketplace, thousands of new product offerings appear every year in the U.S. alone.  Thankfully, for the most part, they offer consumers clearly delineated features that are easy to compare.  This can be directly attributable to widespread acceptance of industry standards by the electronics companies that produce these products.

Samsung Electronics firmly supports the use of technical standards throughout the components industry.   We look to a universally recognized organization called JEDEC for its leadership in taking the industry through rigorous standards development efforts – some lasting years.  Officially called the JEDEC Solid State Technology Association, this huge standards body was formerly known as the Joint Electron Device Engineering Council – whence its name.

Let me give you some perspective.  Founded in 1958, JEDEC is the global leader in developing standards for the microelectronics industry.  It has over 3,000 volunteers, from nearly 300 member companies, working in 50 JEDEC committees, year after year.

JEDEC standards apply to all segments of the industry, from components to packaging, test methods, quality and reliability, affecting device manufacturers and end users alike.

Samsung components fall into several areas of focus for JEDEC including volatile (DRAM, GDDR) and non-volatile (Flash) memories, logic, solid state drives, integrated circuits and interface technology.

Open standards have proven to be the basic building blocks of our digital economy. For example, JEDEC’s memory standards have enabled huge markets in numerous market segments including PCs, servers, digital cameras, MP3 players, smartphones and HDTVs.

So we hear a lot of talk about standards, but what does that really mean?  Standards serve to extend the mass market for components by enabling lower prices, while assuring easy-to-recognize levels of quality and reliability. You might say that they allow companies to invest their R&D dollars more prudently – rather than having to go back to the drawing board with every part of each components or device. After common form factors are established, companies will base their product designs on standards and focus their attention on customer-facing feature differentiation. The result is a much larger market than what would be possible with completely proprietary products.

JEDEC informs us that all of its published standards are available for free download from its website at www.jedec.org .

Standards are vital and more prevalent than many realize. Tell us what think of JEDEC’s role in the microelectronics industry.