Samsung continues to be leading force in memory fabrication, announcing the production of the world’s first 16Gb (Gigabit) GDDR6 memory chips. The high-speed GDDR6 memory will be used for gaming graphics cards as well as AI, networks and the automotive industries.
The 16Gb GDDR6 is double the density of previous generation 8Gb GDDR5 memory thanks to shrinking the fabrication process down from 20nm to 10nm. In addition to greater density, the 16Gb GDDR6 also has 18Gb/s pin speeds and total data transfers of 72GB/s, more than double the speed of GDDR5. It makes the new GDDR6 memory a considerably step even from the GDDR5X memory used on the GeForce GTX 1080 Ti and Titan Xp, which hits peaks of 11Gb/s.
GDDR6's benefits don't end there either. It operates a lower 1.35V energy consumption, a 35% reduction on GDDR5, and can be manufactured roughly 30% faster than 20nm fabrication.
“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,” said Jinman Han, senior vice president, Memory Product Planning & Application Engineering at Samsung Electronics. “By introducing next-generation GDDR6 products, we will strengthen our presence in the gaming and graphics card markets and accommodate the growing need for advanced graphics memory in automotive and network systems.”
Samsung understandably wants to be ready to supply as much GDDR6 memory to GPU manufacturers as humanly possible, capitalising on the huge uptick in demand for gaming graphics cards as a result of cryptocurrency mining.
The wait is now on for graphics cards to take advantage of this faster, higher-density GDDR6 memory, with Nvidia’s imminent Ampere GPUs looking to be the frontrunners. It’s expected Nvidia is preparing to launch its next generation of graphics cards at some point in Spring 2018.