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SK hynix develops super-fast graphics memory

By Kang Seung-woo

SK hynix has developed the world's fastest graphic dynamic random access memory (DRAM), the company said Sunday.

GDDR, or graphics double data rate, is the fastest and highest density graphics memory widely available in expensive electronic devices such as computers and game consoles, which require vivid and dynamic images.

According to the Seoul-based firm, the 20-nanometer, eight-gigabit GDDR6 can transfer data at 16 gigabits per second per pin and process up to 768GB of graphics data per second.

"The new product can transfer 192 4GB DVD videos per second," the company said.

GDDR6, a next-generation graphics solution, runs twice as fast as its predecessor GDDR5, while having 10 percent lower operation voltage.

Therefore, the former is expected to replace the latter in various devices quickly.

The world's second-largest chipmaker plans to mass produce GDDR6 in early 2018 when its clients are expected to release high-end graphics cards loaded with the high-performance graphics chips.

"With the introduction of this industry's fastest GDDR6, SK hynix will actively respond to the high-quality, high-performance graphics memory solutions market," said Senior Vice President Oh Jong-hoon, who heads the company's DRAM product development.

"The company will help its clients enhance the performance of high-end graphics cards" he added.

SK hynix expects that GDDR6 will be an important memory solution in futuristic applications such as artificial intelligence, virtual reality, self-driving vehicles and high-definition displays.

Meanwhile, SK Group Chairman Chey Tae-won plans to fly to Japan Monday to discuss Korea's third-largest conglomerate's plan to purchase Toshiba's flash memory unit, according to industry sources.

DRAM is necessary for desktops or laptops while NAND flash memory chips are widely used for mobile devices like smartphones. Hence, the demands for NAND flash memory chips have risen recently along with the popularity of various wireless gadgets.

Toshiba, the world's second-largest maker of NAND flash memory chips, wants to sell its well-performing unit, and SK hynix and a few suitors are in competition.

The trip will be Chey's first overseas trip since the prosecution lifted his travel ban earlier this month.

He had been involved in a political corruption scandal that led to the impeachment of former President Park Geun-hye in March, but he was cleared of a bribery charge last week.

By Kang Seung-woo

SK hynix has developed the world's fastest graphic dynamic random access memory (DRAM), the company said Sunday.

GDDR, or graphics double data rate, is the fastest and highest density graphics memory widely available in expensive electronic devices such as computers and game consoles, which require vivid and dynamic images.

According to the Seoul-based firm, the 20-nanometer, eight-gigabit GDDR6 can transfer data at 16 gigabits per second per pin and process up to 768GB of graphics data per second.

"The new product can transfer 192 4GB DVD videos per second," the company said.

GDDR6, a next-generation graphics solution, runs twice as fast as its predecessor GDDR5, while having 10 percent lower operation voltage.

Therefore, the former is expected to replace the latter in various devices quickly.

The world's second-largest chipmaker plans to mass produce GDDR6 in early 2018 when its clients are expected to release high-end graphics cards loaded with the high-performance graphics chips.

"With the introduction of this industry's fastest GDDR6, SK hynix will actively respond to the high-quality, high-performance graphics memory solutions market," said Senior Vice President Oh Jong-hoon, who heads the company's DRAM product development.

"The company will help its clients enhance the performance of high-end graphics cards" he added.

SK hynix expects that GDDR6 will be an important memory solution in futuristic applications such as artificial intelligence, virtual reality, self-driving vehicles and high-definition displays.

Meanwhile, SK Group Chairman Chey Tae-won plans to fly to Japan Monday to discuss Korea's third-largest conglomerate's plan to purchase Toshiba's flash memory unit, according to industry sources.

DRAM is necessary for desktops or laptops while NAND flash memory chips are widely used for mobile devices like smartphones. Hence, the demands for NAND flash memory chips have risen recently along with the popularity of various wireless gadgets.

Toshiba, the world's second-largest maker of NAND flash memory chips, wants to sell its well-performing unit, and SK hynix and a few suitors are in competition.

The trip will be Chey's first overseas trip since the prosecution lifted his travel ban earlier this month.

He had been involved in a political corruption scandal that led to the impeachment of former President Park Geun-hye in March, but he was cleared of a bribery charge last week.

Kang Seung-woo ksw@koreatimes.co.kr

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