Industry’s first 16Gbit GDDR6 for advanced graphics systems

Samsung Electronics announces the start of mass production of what it believes is the industry’s first 16Gbit graphics double data rate 6 (GDDR6) memory for use in advanced graphics processing for gaming devices and graphics cards as well as automotive, network and artificial intelligence (AI) systems.

Jinman Han, senior vice president, Memory Product Planning & Application Engineering at Samsung Electronics explained that by introducing next-generation GDDR6 products, the company will accommodate the growing need for advanced graphics memory in automotive and network systems.

Built on Samsung’s advanced 10nm class process technology, the GDDR6 memory is supplied in a 16Gbit density, which doubles that of the company’s 20nm 8Gbit GDDR5 memory. The GDDR6 memory performs at an 18Gbits per second pin speed with data transfers of 72Gbytes per second, which represents a more than two-fold increase over 8Gbit GDDR5 with its 8Gbit per second pin speed.

The low-power circuit design enables the GDDR6 to operate at 1.35V to lower energy consumption approximately 35 per cent compared with the GDDR5 at 1.55V. The 10nm-class 16Gbit GDDR6 also brings about a 30 per cent manufacturing productivity gain compared to the 20nm 8Gbit GDDR5, says Samsung.

Samsung believes that immediate production of GDDR6 will play a critical role in early launches of next-generation graphics cards and systems. With improvements in density, performance and energy efficiency, the 16Gbit GDDR6 will be used in growing fields such as 8K Ultra HD video processing, virtual reality (VR), augmented reality (AR) and

Samsung Electronics produces TVs, smartphones, wearable devices, tablets, digital appliances, network systems, and memory, system LSI, foundry and LEDs

Samsung Semiconductor Europe is a wholly owned subsidiary of Samsung Electronics and is headquartered in Eschborn near Frankfurt/Main, Germany. It operates offices all over Europe, Middle East & Africa (EMEA). The European headquarters handle the marketing and sales activities of Samsung Electronics’ component businesses units including memory, system LSI, LED and display business in EMEA.

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