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