Samsung starts mass production of 16GB GDDR6 GPU memory for next-gen graphic cards

By: Parth Pundir, The Mobile Indian, New Delhi Last updated : January 19, 2018 1:21 pm

The 16GB capacity of GDDR6 is built on the 10-nanometer spacing.

Samsung has announced that it has started the mass production of industry’s first 16GB GDDR6 (Graphics Double Data Rate 6) GPU memory. The latest memory will be used in advanced graphics processing for gaming devices and graphics cards as well as automotive, network and artificial intelligence systems.


The 16GB capacity of GDDR6 is built on the 10-nanometer spacing, which is an upgrade to the company’s 3-year-old 8GB GDDR5 chipset based on 20-nanometer process. The new solution now performances at a speed up to 18Gbps with 72Gbps of data transfer, which is twice the previous generation.


As far as power consumption is concerned, the memory is said to be based on low-power circuit design, which operates at approximately 35 percent over the lower energy of 1.35V form the widely used GDDR5 at 1.55V. The 10nm-class 16Gb GDDR6 also brings about a 30 percent manufacturing productivity gain compared to the 20nm 8Gb GDDR5.


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The company believes the immediate production of GDDR6 will play a critical role in early launches of next-generation graphics cards and systems. Further, the brand claims the 16GB GDDR6 can be easily used in the 8K Ultra HD video processing, virtual reality (VR), augmented reality (AR) and artificial intelligence.


Meanwhile, last month company has also started the mass production of the 512GB embedded universal flash storage (eUFS) for the mobile devices. And later, the manufacturing of 2nd Gen 10-nanometer class 8GB DDR4 DRAM for PC, which is claimed to be the smallest DRAM ever designed.

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