Wednesday, March 23rd 2016

Micron Begins Sampling GDDR5X Memory to Customers

DRAM and NAND flash giant Micron Technology has begun sampling its next-generation GDDR5X memory chips to customers. The company is ready with chips in the 8 Gb (1 GB) and 16 Gb (2 GB) densities, making it possible for GPU makers to build graphics cards with 8 GB and 16 GB total onboard memory, respectively, over a 256-bit wide memory bus, by using just one chip per 32-bit channel.

Apart from 8 Gb and 16 Gb densities, Micron's GDDR5X chips offer GPU makers a transition from GDDR5 with minimal engineering, since the standard has similar electricals to its predecessor, and a similar BOM structure; while offering up to double the clock speeds to GDDR5, and running at a lower voltage of 1.35V. Both AMD and NVIDIA have reportedly expressed interest in building graphics cards with GDDR5X.
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9 Comments on Micron Begins Sampling GDDR5X Memory to Customers

#1
Prima.Vera
If they just now are sending samples to customers, how log it will take to get those unde mass production, another 6 months, an year? Pfff....
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#2
RejZoR
It's already in mass production, just not high enough quantities to also result in mass production of graphic cards using them.
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#3
Prima.Vera
How can it be mass production, since the article specifies "begun sampling"? That means that only now can the GPU companies test the new mem for future releases, before deciding on mass production implementations...
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#4
meran
It's taking too long for 14nm cards to come out I've been waiting since 2009 :mad::mad::(:cry::cry:
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#5
okidna
Prima.Vera said:
If they just now are sending samples to customers, how log it will take to get those unde mass production, another 6 months, an year? Pfff....
Probably 3-5 months from now, they planned to hit mass production this summer.
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#6
Casecutter
^ Exactly the word was mass production would be closer to summer, so I couldn't see any discrete mainstream cards being able to hit the market with that until like end of the 3rd early 4th quarter. At the best...
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#7
Slizzo
Prima.Vera said:
If they just now are sending samples to customers, how log it will take to get those unde mass production, another 6 months, an year? Pfff....
News posted here isn't exactly news. Just an update on the pipeline.

What is posted here fits exactly into what Micron has been saying all along about production of GDDR5X.

https://www.micron.com/about/blogs/2016/february/gddr5x-has-arrived
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