Going Beyond GPUs With GDDR6

New memory will address the needs of data centers and modern networks.


Supported by Micron Technology, SK Hynix and Samsung, GDDR6 SGRAM will feature a maximum data transfer rate of 16 Gbps, along with an operating voltage of 1.35V. Although initially targeted at game consoles and PC graphics, the latest iteration of GDDR is expected to be deployed across multiple verticals, with Micron specifically highlighting the data center and automotive sector.

Similarly, a recent SK Hynix press release states that GDDR6 is regarded as “one of [the] necessary memory solutions” for a diverse set of use cases, including artificial intelligence, virtual reality, self-driving cars and 4K displays. Meanwhile, Samsung notes that GDDR6 is capable of processing images and video at 16 Gbps with 64GB/s data I/O bandwidth, which is equivalent to transferring approximately 12 full-HD DVDs (5GB equivalent) per second.

GDDR clearly offers a huge step in DRAM performance, making GDDR memory ideal for addressing the demands of data centers and modern networks. To be sure, DDR4 currently tops out at 3.2 Gb/s and GDDR5 at 8Gb/s. As noted above, GDDR6 will hit a maximum speed of 16 Gb/s, providing more than 5X the speed of DDR4. To read more, click here.

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