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Samsung starts producing 16-gigabit GDDR6 for next-gen GPUs

Samsung starts producing 16-gigabit GDDR6 for next-gen GPUs

In a press release provided by Samsung, the company claims that the "new 16Gb GDDR6 offers twice the speed and density levels of now available GDDR5 to address growing needs of advanced graphics market". Unfortunately, this is driving up the cost of GPUs, negatively impacting gamers that are shopping for a new card.

Built on Samsung's advanced 10-nanometer (nm) class* process technology, the new GDDR6 memory comes in a 16Gb density, which doubles that of the company's 20-nanometer 8Gb GDDR5 memory.

Samsung Electronics announced today that it has started mass production of the industry's first 16-gigabit (Gb) Graphics Double Data Rate 6 (GDDR6) memory for use in advanced graphics processing for gaming devices and graphics cards as well as automotive, network and artificial intelligence systems.

Compared to current 11Gbps/11.4Gbps GDDR5 chips on some graphics cards, like the Nvidia Titan Xp, the new chips would bring significant improvement in total bandwidth, raising it from around 550 GB/s on a 384-bit memory interface to 864 GB/s. It's capable of bandwidth speeds 72GBps and a pin speed of 18Gbps - both of which translate to an increase in speeds of more than two times that of the older 8Gb GDDR5 module.

The upcoming 16GB GDDR6 DRAM will also be more power efficient, taking advantage of a revamped circuit design; requiring only 1.35V compared to GDDR5's 1.55V.

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He continued: "By introducing next-generation GDDR6 products, we will strengthen our presence in the gaming and graphics card markets and accommodate the growing need for advanced graphics memory in automotive and network systems".

Having 18Gbps 16Gb GDDR6 memory provides significant advantages over HBM2 (which is now running at 2.4Gbps on 8GB chips) although extra-wide memory bus widths can make up for lower memory speed.

Keep in mind, this memory will not show up in new products tomorrow, next week, or even next month.

As for the aforementioned competition, SK Hynix released details of its GDDR6 chips about half a year ago, while Micron said its chips were on track for mass production sometime this year.

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