The first 16-gigabit (Gb) Graphics Double Data Rate 6 (GDDR6) DRAM with 24-gigabit-per-second (Gbps) processing capabilities has started to be sampled, according to Samsung Electronics, the global leader in advanced memory technology.
The new memory, which is constructed using extreme ultraviolet (EUV) technology and Samsung’s third-generation 10-nanometer-class (1z) process, is intended to significantly improve graphics performance for next-generation graphics cards (Video Graphics Arrays), laptops, game consoles, artificial intelligence-based applications, and high-performance computing (HPC) systems.
24Gbps GDDR6 DRAM
According to Daniel Lee, Executive Vice President of the Memory Product Planning Team at 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.” We are excited to validate the graphics DRAM on next-generation GPU architectures in order to release it on the market in time to satisfy a flood of new demand. Our 24Gbps GDDR6 DRAM is the first in the industry.
Samsung’s 24Gbps GDDR6 will provide 30% quicker speeds compared to the previous 18Gbps product since it was designed with a novel circuit and a highly improved insulating material (High-K Metal Gate; HKMG) that reduces current leakage. The GDDR6 DRAM, when built into a high-end graphics card, has the capacity to transport up to 1.1 terabytes (TB), or around 275 Full HD movies, of data in a single second.
Samsung’s GDDR6 DRAM is made to be completely compliant with JEDEC regulations and will work with all GPU architectures, enabling widespread market acceptance in a variety of graphics solutions.
Low-power solutions will also be available in Samsung’s new GDDR6 portfolio, extending the life of laptop batteries. With dynamic voltage switching (DVS) technology, Samsung will provide 20Gbps and 16Gbps versions with around 20% improved power efficiency at 1.1V compared to the 1.35V GDDR6 industry standard. DVS technology changes the operating voltage based on performance needs.
Beyond PCs, laptops, and gaming consoles, graphics DRAM is highly sought after for usage in other graphics-intensive applications including HPC, autonomous driving, and electric vehicles. Samsung’s GDDR6 will support taxing AI accelerator workloads and provide flawless 4K and 8K video playback in order to serve these developing markets.
Samsung, which continues to dominate the global graphics DRAM market, predicts that over the next few years, the high-performance graphics industry will increase by double digits every year.
Samsung expects to commercialise its 24Gbps GDDR6 DRAM in tandem with GPU platform releases, commencing this month with client verifications, therefore speeding graphics innovation throughout the high-speed computer industry.