SK Hynix’s GDDR6 memory is expected to enter mass production in 3 months

SK Hynix's GDDR6 memory is expected to enter mass production in 3 months

SK Hynix’s GDDR6 memory is expected to enter mass production in 3 months

At GTC 2018 sources close to SK Hynix have reportedly confirmed that the company’s GDDR6 memory is set to start mass production in three months, leading to expectations that Nvidia’s next-generation of consumer GPUs will release after this timeframe. 

This theory assumes that SK Hynix will be a lunch day provider of GDDR6 memory for Nvidia’s next-generation hardware, discounting the possibility that GDDR6 memory providers like Samsung and Micron may have enough GDDR6 memory prepared before this date. 

Gamers Nexus has stated that we should expect Nvidia to use GDDR6 on most, if not all, of their next generation GPU lineup, which makes a lot of sense given the new memory standard’s low power characteristics and sheer throughput. In theory, low-end GPUs could be made with fewer GDDR chips and achieve the same levels of bandwidth as a GDDR5 variant, cutting down the size of the GPU memory controller required for low-mid-range products.  

SK Hynix's GDDR6 memory is expected to enter mass production in 3 months

 

SK Hynix’s GDDR6 memory is expected to run at 16Gb/s and come with capacities of 8Gb and 16Gb and use a 180 point BGA, offering a massive increase in size and speed over GDDR5, which typically runs at 8Gb/s with a maximum capacity of 8Gb on a 170 point BGA. A single 16Gb GDDR6 chip can offer the performance and speed of two GDDR5 chips with lower levels of power consumption.     

If SK Hynix is a lunch partner for Nvidia’s next-generation of consumer GPUs, we would expect to see next-generation hardware in the mid-late summer, which means that Pascal will likely be over two years old before Nvidia’s next-generation architecture replaces it. 

GDDR6 memory is expected to be 20% more expensive to produce than GDDR5, though this will improve with time as production ramps up and yields improve. 

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