Memory races are perhaps not as exciting as the processor and graphics card battles, but no less essential to the development of the PC and now Samsung has taken GDDR to the next level.
Fabbed at 90nm, the 512MB 2Gbps GDDR3 (Graphics Double Data Rate 3) module has a massive 8GBps throughput making it 70 per cent faster than the 1.2Gbps chips used in the current wave of video cards.
The chief benefit to gamers will be higher resolution images and faster rendering, while Its first real world implementation will likely be in the upcoming next gen consoles, the Sony PS3, Microsoft Xbox360 and Nintendo Revolution.
Clearly at this stage there is no date for mass production, but one would have to think large quantities will be available in time for the Microsoft’s baby which is due before the end of the year.
In related news, Samsung has also initiated mass production of its 1.6Gbps 512MB GDDR3 modules which it developed in December 2004. This alone with allow onboard video card memory to reach a massive 1GB.
This technology stuff just doesn’t slow down, does it?