Samsung: 30% schnelleres GDDR4 RAM

Dienstag, 14. Feb. 2006 10:30 - [jp]

Die Firma Samsung präsentiert sich mal wieder als Vorreiter und kündigt neues GDDR4 RAM für Grafikspeicher an, welches rund 30% schneller sein soll. Der Speicher ist in 80nm Technologie hergestellt und soll eine Bandbreite von 12,8 GB/s bieten.


Samsung Develops Ultra-fast Graphics Memory: A More Advanced GDDR4 at Higher Density

Seoul, Korea, February 14, 2006 - Samsung Electronics Co., Ltd., the world leader in advanced memory technology, announced today that it has developed the world's fastest graphics memory - a GDDR4 graphics DRAM (dynamic random access memory) chip with much faster processing than an earlier version that Samsung led the industry in prototyping only four months ago. Graphics memory, unlike main computer memory, is installed in desktop PCs, notebooks and workstations to manage huge volumes of video images simultaneously.

Designed with 80-nanometer process technology, the device has a 12.8GB/sec processing speed, 30 percent faster than the previous prototype, which allows it to transfer the equivalent of up to six DVD-quality movies every second. The 512Mb GDDR4 graphics DRAM comes with 32 input/output pins, each of which transfers data at 3.2Gb/sec. In October, Samsung completed samples of a 256Mb GDDR4 that processed video (and accompanying audio) at 10 gigabytes per second.

"With such phenomenal processing speed, we're able to offer video card manufacturers the bandwidth for incredibly life-like movements and richly textured imagery that will soon rival that of cinematic movies," said Mueez Deen, Marketing Director, Graphics Memory and Mobile DRAM, Samsung Semiconductor.

The computer industry is expected to greatly accelerate its switchover from 32-bit to 64-bit computing in the second half of 2006, which will trigger a surge in demand for GDDR4 chips.

Samsung Electronics has set the standard for graphics memory ever since its introduction six years ago, coming out with the first GDDR1, GDDR2, GDDR3 and GDDR 4 memory devices.

Market watchers predict that sales of graphics chipsets, which represent the largest portion of the graphics memory market, will reach 2.7 billion US-Dollar this year, up 10% from 2.5 billion US-Dollar in 2005.  Further, the graphics DRAM market is forecast to grow 27% year this year to 1.9 billion US-Dollar from 1.5 billion US-Dollar.

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