Samsung Electronics announced today that it has started mass production of the industry’s first 16-gigabit (Gb) Graphics Double Data Rate 6 (GDDR6) memory for use in advanced graphics processing for gaming devices and graphics cards as well as automotive, network and artificial intelligence systems.
According to Samsung’s Memory Product Planning & Application Engineering senior vice president Han Jin-man, they are introducing the next-generation GDDR6 products to strengthen their presence in the gaming and graphics card markets, as well as to accommodate the growing need for advanced graphics memory in automotive and network systems.
“Beginning with this early production of the industry’s first 16Gb GDDR6, we will offer a comprehensive graphics DRAM line-up, with the highest performance and densities, in a very timely manner,” Han added.
Built on Samsung’s advanced 10-nanomter (nm) class* process technology, the new GDDR6 memory comes in a 16Gb density, which doubles that of the company’s 20-nanometer 8Gb GDDR5 memory. The new solution performs at an 18-gigabits-per-second (Gbps) pin speed with data transfers of 72 gigabytes per second (GBps), which represents a more than two-fold increase over 8Gb GDDR5 with its 8Gbps pin speed.
The new GDDR6 uses a low-power circuit design that allows it to operate at 1.35V, with lower energy consumption approximately 35 percent over 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.
Samsung’s immediate production of GDDR6 will play a critical role in early launches of next-generation graphics cards and systems. With all of its improvements in density, performance and energy efficiency, the 16Gb GDDR6 will be widely used in rapidly growing fields such as 8K Ultra HD video processing, virtual reality (VR), augmented reality (AR) and artificial intelligence.
With extensive graphics memory lineups including the new 18Gbps 16Gb GDDR6 and recently introduced 2.4Gbps 8GB HBM2, Samsung expects to dramatically accelerate growth of the premium memory market over the next several years.
Our say: For sure, this will be equipped on several graphics cards that are set to be released in the mid year or by Q3/Q4 of 2018 (i.e. NVIDIA’s Ampere-based GPUs). We cannot tell, however, if this additional supply of memory from Samsung will help in current graphics cards price reduction, as this will be equipped on newer-generation cards. Let’s just hope for the positive impact, as well.