Micron Hopes To Release GDDR6 Memory By The End Of 2017
Micron is hoping to release their latest GDDR6 graphics memory by the end of 2017 and PC gaming is the main reason the company is accelerating their plans.
Micron’s original intention was to release GDDR6 sometime in 2018, but, the company is hoping to be able to release by the end of this year in order to keep up with the ever-increasing demands of gaming PCs and consoles.
Tom Eby, vice president of Micron’s computing and networking department, said that the growing rise of e-sports is a big part of the reason Micron is pushing ahead with development of GDDR6. According to Eby, there will be more than 500 million e-sports fans by the end of the decade. Eby said that virtual reality gaming is also driving new innovations, but stressed that, for now, the demands of e-sports were behind the push to create better memory. He anticipates that aside from the NFL’s Super Bowl, more people will watch e-sports finals than any other championship from professional sports in North America.
GDDR6 will transfer at 16bps which makes it faster than GDDR5x (12 bits per second) and two times as fast as GDDR5. Currently, GDDR5 is the most commonly used type of memory though the faster GDDR5X is becoming more popular. With the launch of GDDR6, GDDR5x will replace GDDR5 as the graphics memory of choice for lower-end computers and GPUs.
While Micron is hoping to release GDDR6 by the end of the year, they have not given us a timetable for when we will see GPUs that incorporate the new memory. For now, it’s likely that many manufacturers will stick with GDDR5x.
Though gaming is currently the driving force behind Micron’s desire to release GDDR6 this year, that is not the only application this technology could have. Eby said he believed that the memory could be useful in the fields of networking and machine learning.
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