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Micron now mass producing GDDR6 VRAM modules for next generation Nvidia Turing

Micron now mass producing GDDR6 VRAM modules for next generation Nvidia Turing (Image source: Softpedia)
Micron now mass producing GDDR6 VRAM modules for next generation Nvidia Turing (Image source: Softpedia)
The manufacturer is promising 64 GB/s from a single GDDR6 package for future applications in artificial intelligence, networking, automotive, and of course, graphics. Example modules will be on display this week at the ISC 2018 conference in Frankfurt, Germany. These same chips will very likely target the next generation of consumer graphics cards.

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Nvidia has been very quiet and nonchalant about the inevitable successor to its current Pascal generation of GPUs. After all, the chipmaker is sitting on its throne with no real competition from AMD in the high-end enthusiast GPU space and can thus afford to make the world wait. Everybody else, however, has been strongly hinting at the launch of the GTX 1180/2080 coming in the next few months.

The latest hint is perhaps the most direct clue we have so far. Micron, one of the world's largest manufacturers of DRAM, has officially announced mass production plans of 8 Gb GDDR6 memory for "networking, automotive and graphics markets". The maker is specifically targeting "advanced GPU applications" like games, editing software, VR/AR, and even crypto-mining.

Micron's GDDR6 production timing certainly lines up with all the existing rumors of the impending successor to Pascal. Reports from April have indicated that Turing would have 8 GB to 16 GB of GDDR6 VRAM with prices as high as $1500 USD for the higher-end SKU. GDDR6 would compete with the Samsung-developed High Bandwidth Memory (HBM) series currently in use on some AMD and Nvidia workstation GPUs.

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Allen Ngo, 2018-06-25 (Update: 2018-06-25)
Allen Ngo
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After graduating with a B.S. in environmental hydrodynamics from the University of California, I studied reactor physics to become licensed by the U.S. NRC to operate nuclear reactors. There's a striking level of appreciation you gain for everyday consumer electronics after working with modern nuclear reactivity systems astonishingly powered by computers from the 80s. When I'm not managing day-to-day activities and US review articles on Notebookcheck, you can catch me following the eSports scene and the latest gaming news.