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Micron is reportedly working on GDDR6 video memory for graphics cards

By Wong Chung Wee - on 15 Dec 2015, 1:24pm

Micron is reportedly working on GDDR6 video memory for graphics cards

(Image source: Micron)

According to some on online reports, Micron is reportedly working on GDDR6 VRAM modules for discrete graphics cards. Fudzilla reported Micron is working on this new memory technology that has twice the speed as existing GDDR5. The new VRAM chip will allegedly be available in 2016, and it is positioned as an alternative to High Bandwidth Memory (HBM).

In early November this year, we reported Micron was working on its GDDR5X memory technology. According to the technical specifications obtained by Fudzilla, GDDR6 will offer bandwidth that is rated from 10-14Gbps per 4GB module. This is almost identical to GDDR5X’s bandwidth, which is rated to perform up to 16Gbps. In comparison, GDDR5 offers up to only 7Gbps of bandwidth.

Fudzilla also reported GDDR6 will use the “traditional component form factor, similar to GDDR5, reducing the burden and complexity of design and manufacturing.” This is exactly the same proposition offered by GDDR5X. As a result, it’s highly like GDDR5X has been rebranded as GDDR6. The other nugget of information is the promise of its availability of the new memory technology in the coming year. Due to the difference in production costs, HBM technology is usually reserved for high-end graphics cards, while GDDR6 and GDDR5 memory chips cater to performance and mainstream market segments.

(Source: Micron, Digital Trends, Fudzilla)