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Graphics memory with 24 Gbit/s – Samsung is working on the graphics card of tomorrow






Samsung is already working on the graphics cards of the future. To be more precise, on their components. The South Koreans have developed a GDDR6 DRAM, the speed of which exceeds its predecessor by 30 percent.

Samsung today announced the development of a new 16-gigabit GDDR6 DRAM for graphics cards with a transfer rate of up to 24 Gbit/s. The memory is based on the third generation of Samsung’s 10-nanometer manufacturing process and is manufactured using what is known as extreme ultraviolet (EUV) lithography. The chip should be used in premium graphics cards and be able to process up to 1.1 terabytes of data per second.

30 percent faster, 20 percent more efficient

With their data transfer rates of 24 Gbit/s, the new memory chips are 30 percent faster than their predecessors with 18 Gbit/s. Samsung uses a new circuit design for this and relies on high-k metal gates for insulation instead of the usual silicon dioxide. The memory chips also comply with the latest standards for GDDR6 DRAM set by the Joint Electron Device Engineering Council (JEDEC). Thus, they should be compatible with all GPU designs and thus suitable for a wide variety of graphics solutions.

For laptops and devices where energy efficiency is important, the memory should also offer the option of adapting the applied voltage to the requirements. Samsung has announced that it will also offer 20 Gbps and 16 Gbps options, which at 1.1 volts are around 20 percent more efficient than the industry standard of 1.35 volts.

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