Samsung timeline

News 12:18, 16 Nov 2010

We take a look at Samsung from its beginning in our complete timeline

1938
Byung-Chull Lee started a business to become known as Samsung, meaning “three stars” in Korean. It was a grocery trading company with 40 employees.

1954-1960
Samsung diversified and entered a number of different industries including insurance, securities, and retail.

1960's
The Samsung Group entered into electronics and set up a number of divisions including Samsung Electronics Devices Co., Samsung Electro-Mechanics Co., Samsung Corning Co., and Samsung Semiconductor & Telecommunications Co. The HQ moved to Suwon.

1980
Samsung acquired Hanguk Jeonja Tongsin and started making telecommunications equipment including switchboards

1983
Samsung Mobile gets its start in Korea

1986
Samsung introduces a line of car phones

1993
Samsung releases the SH-700 series, with favorable lightweight design

1995
Samsung develops world’s first MPEG III, or MP3

1996
Samsung partners with Sprint and breaks into the American market. The SCH-100 was Samsung’s first digital handset; the SCH-1100 it’s first PCS phone

1997
Samsung becomes the leader in the Personal Communications Service (PCS) market and signs up as Worldwide Olympic Partner Worldwide (TOP) in the wireless communications category

1999
Samsung introduces its wireless internet “smartphone”, and produces first phone that doubles as an MP3 player

2001
Samsung produces its 50 millionth mobile phone

2010
Some of Samsung’s most successful phones include the Blade, the Monte, and Wave, the Jet Ultra, and the Galaxy S.

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