Hynix Semiconductor announced the availability of its 512Mbit GDDR4 DRAM for graphics applications on December 2. Hynix will soon begin to sample its GDDR4 products to leading graphic chipset suppliers and the company plans to start mass production in early 2006.
GDDR is a high-speed graphics DRAM that processes moving pictures and graphic data in personal computers and game consoles. The fourth-generation graphics memory GDDR4, which improves data processing speed by close to two times than that of GDDR3, is ideal for 64-bit computer operating systems that manage vast amounts of data at once. The Hynix’s 16Mx32 512Mbit GDDR4 operates at 2.9Gbps and processes 11.6 Gigabytes of data in one second.
Rival Samsung Electronics announced its development of 256Mbit GDDR4 memory in late October. Samsung plans to introduce samples of 2.8Gbps GDDR4 by the end of this year with mass production to follow by the second quarter of 2006.