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Samsung Mass Produces 10nm-Class GDDR6 Memory

Samsung Electronics Co., Ltd. has started the mass production of the 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.

Samsung's 10nm-class 16Gbit GDDR6
Samsung's 10nm-class 16Gbit GDDR6 (Samsung Electronics Co., Ltd.)

Built on Samsung's advanced 10nm process technology, the new GDDR6 memory comes in a 16Gbit density, which doubles that of the company's 20nm 8Gbit GDDR5 memory. The new solution performs at an 18Gbit/sec pin speed with data transfers of 72Gbit/sec, which represents a more than two-fold increase over 8Gbit GDDR5 with its 8Gbit/sec pin speed.

Employing an innovative low-power circuit design, the company's GDDR6 operates at 1.35V to lower energy consumption at around 35 percent over the widely used GDDR5 at 1.55V. The 10nm-class 16Gbit GDDR6 also brings about a 30 percent manufacturing productivity gain compared to the 20nm 8Gbit GDDR5.

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

"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."'