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Just when you thought your GPU was fast enough, Samsung launches GDDR6 DRAM

By Ken Wong - on 18 Jul 2022, 12:17pm

Just when you thought your GPU was fast enough, Samsung launches GDDR6 DRAM

The new memory will improve performance for next-generation graphics cards, laptops, game consoles, and AI processing on HPC clusters. Image source: Samsung.

Samsung Electronics has unveiled the industry’s fastest 16Gb GDDR6 memory at 24Gbps for next-generation graphics cards.

Daniel Lee, executive vice president of the Memory Product Planning Team at Samsung Electronics said:

The explosion of data now being driven by AI and the metaverse is pushing the need for greater graphics capabilities that can process massive data sets simultaneously, at extremely high speeds.

The third-generation 10 nanometer-class GDDR6 DRAM is designed to deliver 30 percent faster processing speeds than its 18 Gbps predecessor, as they feature 24 gigabits-per-second data transfer rate per pin. The predecessor has been mass-produced since 2018.

Samsung said that the GDDR6 DRAM can process up to 1.1 terabytes (TB) of data per second if mounted on high-performing graphics cards. This is the equivalent of 275 Full HD movies in one second.

We could also see an extension to notebook battery life with the use of low-power options like dynamic voltage switching (DVS) technology which adjusts the operating voltage depending on performance requirements. Samsung will release versions with 20Gbps and 16Gbps running at 1.1V instead of the 1.35V GDDR6 industry standard.

According to Samsung, the new memory is designed to advance the graphics performance for next-generation graphics cards (Video Graphics Arrays), laptops and game consoles, as well as artificial intelligence-based applications and high-performance computing (HPC) systems.

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