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First GDDR6 graphics DRAM with 24Gbit/s speed

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By Nick Flaherty

Samsung Electronics is sampling the industry’s first 16Gbit Graphics Double Data Rate 6 (GDDR6) DRAM with a 24Gbit/s transfer rate.

The chip is built on Samsung’s 10nm 1z process using extreme ultraviolet (EUV) technology and a High-K Metal Gate (HKMG) that minimizes current leakage and supports 1.1V operation.

The JEDEC compliant part is aimed at next-generation graphics cards (Video Graphics Arrays), laptops and game consoles, as well as artificial intelligence with in-memory computing and high-performance computing (HPC) systems.

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“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,” said Daniel Lee, Executive Vice President of the Memory Product Planning Team at Samsung Electronics. “With our industry-first 24Gbps GDDR6 now sampling, we look forward to validating the graphics DRAM on next-generation GPU platforms to bring it to market in time to meet an onslaught of new demand.”

The 24Gbit/s GDDR6 part will provide 30% faster speeds compared to the previous 18Gbit/s device. When integrated into a premium graphics card, the GDDR6 DRAM can transfer up to 1.1Tbytes of data, or about 275 Full HD movies, in a second.

The GDDR6 range will also feature low-power options with dynamic voltage switching (DVS) that help extend the battery life of laptops. Samsung will also provide 20Gbit/ s and 16Gbit/s versions.

Customers are verifying the parts from this month, and the company plans to commercialize its 24Gbps GDDR6 DRAM in line with GPU platform launches.

www.samsung.com

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