Memory Chip manufacturer Samsung Electronics has announced the beginning of trial shipments of the industry’s first Graphics Double Data Rate 6 (GDDR6) DRAM memory chips.
These chips are capable of speeds of up to 24 Gbp/s and have been enhanced making them more energy efficient while simultaneously lowering their overall power usage.
The HKMG (High-K Metal Gate) technology, which was first utilized in 2018 in the entry series of Samsung’s GDDR6 memory, is used throughout the manufacturing process of these chips. However, the insulating layer grows thinner as DRAM structures decrease; therefore, there is an increase in the amount of current that escapes. Samsung rectified this by swapping the insulator with one made of HKMG material which helps to cut down current leakage and boosts the overall performance of the chips.
When compared to the previous generation of solutions operating at 18Gbp/s, the new GDDR6 chips manufactured by Samsung give performance that is roughly 33 percent quicker.
Memory of this kind will be used in the production of the subsequent generation of graphics accelerators, which will be used in devices such as portable computers, artificial intelligence and high-performance computing systems, gaming consoles, and other similar devices.
The manufacturing process for the chips that have been announced uses a deep ultraviolet (EUV) photolithography technique with a resolution of 10 nanometers (1z). The new GDDR6 chip families that Samsung will also have low-power choices, which will help increase the life of laptop batteries using a technology called Dynamic Voltage Variation (DVS).
DVS technology modifies the operating voltage based on the requirements for the chip’s performance. Samsung is reportedly expected to release 20 and 16 Gbp/s chips that will achieve approximately 20 percent higher power efficiency when operating at 1.1 V as opposed to the industry standard of 1.35 V.
The researchers at IC Insights believe that there has been a gradual decrease in the amount of demand for semiconductors in general and memory chips in particular. The demand for microchips was lower in June compared to May, according to major industry participants’ observations. In the last month, there was an overall decline of five percent in the market’s demand for chips.
Although the IC Insights report is primarily focused on Taiwanese manufacturers, it also points to the US Company Micron, which anticipates a decrease in demand for its products in the third quarter of this year.
With the introduction of these game-changing chips, Samsung will be able to maintain the demand for its chips and hold on to its position as one of the industry leader.