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Samsung develops world's fastest graphics memory
July 8, 2005
Samsung Electronics has developed a 512-megabit graphics double data rate 3 (GDDR3) dynamic random access memory (DRAM) that boasts the world's fastest data transmission rate of 8 gigabytes per second (GBps).
The world's biggest memory chipmaker said on June 2 that the new 512-Mb GDDR3 DRAM processes data equivalent to the amount contained in 34-years of a 40 page English newspaper in just a second.
The new graphics memory processes data at a speed 70 percent faster than the conventional GDDR devices with data processing speed of 1.2 Gbps, thus is ideal for high-end personal computers designed for making or viewing high-quality images and animation, workstations and high-end game consoles.
Samsung said it has already sent samples to graphic card manufacturers to begin mass production by the end of the year.
The chipmaker also launched mass production of 512-Mb GDDR3 with 6.4 GBps transmission rates for the first time ever. It developed the chip last December by applying the 90-nanometer design rule. The new GDDR3 incorporates a JEDEC standard 136-ball package.
Since introducing the industry's first 128-Mb GDDR1/GDDR2 in 2002, Samsung has now become the first to secure a full line up of GDDR memory technology.
Market researcher Mercury Research predicts that the worldwide graphics DRAM market will grow 43 percent from a year earlier to $1.5 billion this year and top $2 billion in 2006.