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. Last Updated: 07/27/2016

EDITORIAL: Samsung Invests More

SEOUL, South Korea -- South Korean computer chip maker Samsung Electronics Co said Wednesday it would spend some 50 percent more than it had originally planned this year, to stay ahead on production of a next-generation product.

The world's largest maker of dynamic random access memory, or DRAM, said it had raised this year's target for facilities investment to 3.7 trillion won ($3.12 billion), 1.2 trillion won more than earlier planned, a company spokesman said.

"Our facilities investment in the DRAM sector will mostly be focused on production facilities for 256-megabyte DRAMs," James Chung said. "We expect mass production of the 256-megabyte DRAMs will start in around 2001."

Along with central process units or CPU chips, DRAM chips form the "brain" of personal computers.