Samsung Electronics develops a new memory chip, which is designed to transfer 275 high-definition movies in a second. Photo courtesy of Samsung Electronics

Samsung Electronics develops new chips for high-end graphic cards

Samsung Electronics announced this week that it had developed the industry’s first 24Gbps GDDR6 DRAM, which has the capacity of transferring 275 high-definition movies in a second.

The Seoul-based corporation noted that it had begun sampling the product, which was built on its third-generation 10-nanometer-class process.

“The explosion of data now being driven by AI and the metaverse is pushing the need for greater graphics capabilities that can process massive data sets simultaneously, at extremely high speeds,” Samsung Executive Vice President Lee Dong-gi said.

“With our industry-first 24Gbps GDDR6 now sampling, we look forward to validating the graphics DRAM on next-generation GPU platforms to bring it to market in time to meet an onslaught of new demand.”

The tech giant said that the new graphics memory chip would be used top-of-the-line technologies, including artificial intelligence.

“Graphics DRAM is increasingly being sought for use beyond PCs, laptops, and game consoles, extending into other graphics-intensive applications like HPC, autonomous driving, and electric cars,” a Samsung official said.

“Addressing these emerging markets, Samsung’s GDDR6 will enable seamless 4K and 8K video playback while supporting demanding AI accelerator workloads.”

Samsung will start to commercialize the new DRAM this month by launching customer verifications.

Observers said that Samsung would continue neck-and-neck competition with cross-city rival SK hynix and Micron Technology of the United States.

Samsung is the world’s largest memory chip maker, while SK hynix and Micron Technology assumes the second and third position, respectively.

In the subcategory of the graphics DRAM market, Samsung topped the list but the margin is quite small.

Samsung accounted for 38.9 percent of the graphics DRAM market last year, followed by Micron Technology with 33.3 percent and SK hynix with 27.8 percent, according to market consultancy Omdia.

“Micron Technology has demonstrated technical edge in the graphics DRAM products. And Samsung also tries to show off its technical competitiveness,” Prof. Han Tae-hee at Sunkyunwan University said.