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5/26/2010 02:00 PM EDT
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resistion   4/15/2012 6:58:56 AM
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"financial assistance from the Korean government" is the key differentiator of Korea vs Japan, US, others.

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joshxdr   4/14/2012 3:15:17 PM
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One thing I have heard about Samsung is they have massively redundant development. In memory, they don't pick and choose between standards, they always develop parts for all JEDEC standards, for all IO widths, for all densities. All other memory companies pick and choose and try to guess the winners. Samsung just throws the spagetti at the wall knowing something will stick. The fact that engineers work for $30k a year and work 80 hours a week in Korea helps. I have also heard that they always have two parallel development teams on any cell phone. At a certain point they decide which team is the "winner" and the other team is disbanded. I am sure other companies have considered this strategy, I wonder what is different about Samsung that enables them to do it...

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joshxdr   4/14/2012 3:11:07 PM
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I am at a loss as to how Samsung is so successful. GE, Motorola, NEC, Panasonic, Sony, Phillips, etc. etc. all had the same business model and abandoned it for good reason. A big conglomerate is not flexible enough. Yet Samsung is WILDLY successful with this discarded business model. Samsung does not have easy access to world class research institutes like the US and Europe (and even Japan) yet they succeed in high tech development. The only advantages I see for Samsung are 1) Low labor costs, 2) a culture of working very long hours, 3) financial assistance from the Korean government. As Korea gets more prosperous, advantages 1) and 2) may go away. But there seems to be something extra Samsung is doing...

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agk   7/23/2011 7:15:17 AM
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The success of Samsung is because of more and more more new models with large scale production with its price advantage with good publicity to the sellers. Every other company is now learning from Samsung in this regard and trying to follow. Not only more and more models but also a new range of products Samsung is entering into various segments. Samsung do not confine thier image to a particular sector like Sony or Philips rather they venture into every product required in the domestic and industrail sectors. key success of Samsung is due to these above mentioned.

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goafrit   6/18/2010 11:11:42 AM
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It is not just Japan that Samsung should scare, it is scaring the whole modern world. This company has developed a brutal efficiency with feats of great products over products and they are winning. Why we may think that Japan's problem is related to their political erosion, the big problem is technical leadership. Japan simply is not designed for the new world. A system that does not get new ideas from outsiders, rather, focusing on themselves cannot win this age. Japan has to reinvent itself to compete in this age

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george.leopold   6/3/2010 9:29:35 PM
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...and some are some European companies.

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george.leopold   6/3/2010 9:22:00 PM
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Some American companies are asking the same question.

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junko.yoshida   6/2/2010 10:35:17 PM
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My recent trip to Korea was a real eye opener. But my subsequent trip to Tokyo was even more shocking -- in a sense that many in the business community in Japan are shell shocked about such a rapid growth of Samsung in recent years. Samsung does look invincible. Many Japanese are in a soul searching mode, asking themselves: "How did we let this happen?"

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mark.lapedus   5/31/2010 3:38:49 AM
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I am still waiting for Samsung to succeed in logic ICs. Samsung is a memory and LCD powerhouse, but logic ICs? No! After 20 years' of trying, Samsung has hit few homeruns in logic. Now, they are going after the foundry business. I think they will have only modest success in foundry.

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oldhorse   5/29/2010 1:45:20 PM
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I miss 2 important factors in the discussion on Samsung´s strength: No. 1 is that Samsung has diligently chosen to be a vertically integrated manufacturer - unlike so many others in the industry! And No. 2 is their concentration of production lines to a very few number of sites, giving them an enormous scaling benefit. Regardless of their intelligent product strategy, their admirable technological power and their commitment to manufacturability one must not overlook that the driving force behind their business activities is the strive to dominate the market - in whatever product segment they start to engage, and that´s why Samsung represents a real danger!

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