Samsung has started working on 16GB GDDR6 (Graphics Double Data Rate 6) DRAM on the company’s 3rd-gen 10nm process, featuring 24-gigabit-per-second processing speeds.
The company announced on Thursday that the 24Gbps GDDR6 DRAM currently in development will deliver 30% faster speeds than the previous 18Gbps memory.
It will also be able to transfer up to 1.1TB (terabytes) of data within a second — equivalent to 275 FHD movies.
The new memory is designed to enhance performance on next-gen graphics cards for laptops and gaming consoles, as well as AI and high-performance computing. The company has leveraged advanced insulating material (High-K Metal Gate – HKMG) and a better circuit design to minimise the current leak.
GDDR6 DRAM lineup will also feature low power options, which will extend laptop’s battery life. It will also feature DVS (dynamic voltage switching) tech to adjust voltage depending on the performance demanded by a specific program.
The company will also offer 20Gbps and 16Gbps variants of the DRAM, which will be up to 20% more power efficient at 1.1V than the industry standard of 1.35V GDDR6.
Samsung’s GDDR6 DRAM will be compatible across all GPU designs; it is JEDEC compliant.
“With our industry-first 24Gbps GDDR6 now sampling, we look forward to validating the graphics DRAM on next-generation GPU platforms to bring it to market in time to meet an onslaught of new demand,” said Daniel Lee, Executive VP, Memory Product Planning Team, Samsung Electronics. “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.”
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