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Samsung has begun mass production of GDDR6 memory chips

By Koh Wanzi - on 22 Jan 2018, 10:19am

Samsung has begun mass production of GDDR6 memory chips

Samsung GDDR6

Samsung has begun large scale production of GDDR6 DRAM chips, beating Micron and SK Hynix to be the first to enter mass production of the next-generation memory.

This memory is faster and more efficient than current GDDR5 memory, and will likely debut on PC graphics cards released later this year.

The 16Gb GDDR6 chips are fabricated on the 10nm process and run at 1.35V. They also boast an impressive 18Gb/s pin speed and transfer rates of up to 72GB/s. In comparison, Samsung’s existing 20nm 8Gb GDDR5 memory has half the density, up to 9Gb/s pin speeds, and a 1.55V operating voltage.

On paper, Samsung’s chips now look better than the specifications put out previously by its competitors.

SK Hynix first released details on its GDDR6 chips about six months ago, where it cited 8Gb, 16Gb/s chips that also run at 1.35V. On the other hand, Micron was more sparing in terms of detail, but it said it expected that its chips would start at 12Gb/s before eventually hitting 16Gb/s.

Both companies are also expected to begin mass production this year.

That said, Samsung’s new GDDR6 memory should mean better graphics performance in games and other tasks like cryptocurrency mining and video processing, all while consuming less power.

The South Korean company also expects the new memory to see use in fields such as 8K video processing, virtual reality, augmented reality, and even artificial intelligence.

Source: Samsung