Samsung has designed a new 16Gb GDDR6 graphics memory chip designed to offer advanced graphics processing in upcoming gaming devices, graphics cards, as well as automotive, network and artificial intelligence systems. Compared to the GDDR5, the new chip offers many improvements such as higher speed, as well as higher bandwidth and VRAM capacities with lower power consumption.
New 16Gb GDDR6 offers twice the speed and density levels of currently available GDDR5 to address growing needs of advanced graphics market
The new chip is claimed as the industry’s first 16-gigabit (Gb) Graphics Double Data Rate 6 (GDDR6) memory. It performs at a 18Gbps pin speed with data transfers of 72GBps, which translates to more than two-fold increase over 8Gb GDDR5 with its 8Gbps pin speed.
Using 10nm process technology, the new GDDR6 memory chip comes in a 16Gb density, which doubles that of the company’s 20nm Gb GDDR5 memory.
Another noteworthy point of the GDDR6 is that it operates at 1.35V, claiming to lower energy consumption approximately 35 percent over the widely used GDDR5 at 1.55V. The chip also brings about a 30 percent manufacturing productivity gain compared to the 20nm 8Gb GDDR5.
“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.