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Samsung touts world's fastest graphics memory chip

Posted: 04 Dec 2007     Print Version  Bookmark and Share

Keywords:6Gbit/s GDDR5  high-end PC graphics  Samsung chips 

6Gbit/s GDDR5 chip

Samsung Electronics Co. Ltd has developed what it claims as the world's fastest memory, a GDDR5 (series five, graphics double-data-rate memory) chip that can transfer data at 6Gbit/s, which is more than four times faster than that of memories in state-of-the-art game consoles today. Graphics memory is installed in desktop PCs, notebooks, workstations and game consoles to move huge volumes of video or animated images simultaneously.

Samsung's GDDR5, which will be introduced at a density of 512Mbit (16Mbit x 32) chips, is capable of transmitting moving images and associated data at 24GBps.

"We're pushing image enhancement to a limit never before realised, enabling the smoothest, clearest animation that gamers have yet to experience," said Mueez Deen, marketing director, graphics memory, Samsung Semiconductor. "Samsung's 512Mbit GDDR5 will enable the kind of graphics hardware performance that will spur software developers to deliver a new level of eye-popping games."

The new Samsung graphics memory operates at 1.5V, representing an approximate 20 per cent improvement in power consumption over today's most popular graphics chip, the GDDR3.

Samples of Samsung's new GDDR5 chip have been delivered to major graphic processor companies last month, said the company.

Samsung eyes GDDR5 memory chips will become the de facto standard in the top performing segment of the market by capturing over 50 per cent of the high-end PC graphics market by 2010.

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