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Elpida Memory, a leading global supplier of advanced dynamic random access memory (DRAM), has announced that it had completed development of a high-density, high-speed, low-power consumption 50nm process 2Gb GDDR5.

Elpida’s new 2Gb GDDR5 chip can work at up to 7Ghz (quad data rate) clock-speed and will power graphics cards and/or other memory bandwidth-sensitive applications. For example, the new memory chips can power graphics cards with 2GB or 4GB of memory onboard. The chip is made using 50nm copper process technology and was developed by Elpida’s design center in Munich, Germany, which originally was operated by Qimonda.

At present, Elpida is outsourcing 1Gb GDDR3/GDDR5 production to Taiwan-based Winbond Electronics Corp. The company's Hiroshima plant, however, plans to handle 2Gb GDDR5 production. Basing this production in Hiroshima enables Elpida to provide a more timely and flexible response to anticipated future growth in graphics DRAM demand.

Elpida plans to begin sample shipments of the new 2Gb GDDR5 in July 2010. Mass production is expected to get underway in the Q3 of 2010.

Tags: Elpida, GDDR5, 50nm, ATI, AMD, Nvidia

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I for see this on the next gen AMD southern island cards coming in Theory this winter
0 0 [Posted by: sollord  | Date: 06/24/10 08:52:01 AM]
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Been waiting for this since the announcement of the announcement of the announcement somewhere around a year ago.

Glad it's on schedule.

SI is likely still 1GB and 1Gb, possibly using 6Gbps chips (although I kind of doubt it unless in a '90' >225W part). Expecting these chips in Southern Islands is pretty optimistic. However, Northern Islands and the 28nm nVIDIA parts seem like a very likely point of entry.

That is, of course, if either ATi or nVIDIA fix their memory controllers to the point they can actually scale that high; be it at all or without massive voltage or power consumption.

While it may seem like a small step to go from ATi's current cap of around ~5300mhz on a 256-bit bus to ~7000mhz, what if they switch to a 512-bit bus? Nvidia seems (and has mentioned) to have the same proportional i/o problem on 384-bit...Their parts are not clocked over 3700mhz. While the 'problems' for nVIDIA could just be heat or power-related (we'll find out in GF104), that's still asking an awful lot from either company in a generation so close.

Where I REALLY expect 2Gb GDDR5 to shine in built into Fusion motherboards. I hope that comes to pass early in it's lifetime.
0 0 [Posted by: turtle  | Date: 06/24/10 09:52:21 AM]
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I would love to see these memory chips used as sideport on GPU enabled mobo's
0 0 [Posted by: alpha0ne  | Date: 06/26/10 10:26:30 PM]
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