You know it’s a good thing when a new memory supply comes into being. It means the laws of supply and demand go to work, and memory will once again get cheaper after the Christmas buildup.
Hynix, a major chipmaker, is now turning out GDDR5 video memory on a 40nm process, which means less heat, less power consumption, and possibly larger overclocks. Now who is not for that?
Maximum PC tells about the process –
Hynix today announced what it claims are the industry’s first 2Gb (gigabit) GDDR5 chips using the 40nm manufacturing process. Boasting 7Gb/s of bandwidth and processing power of up to 28GB/s with a 32-bit I/O, these rank as the highest density graphics memory available.
But it’s not all about sheer speed. Hynix says its new 2Gb chips also impress on the power consumption front. With an operation voltage of 1.35V, energy consumption drops down by 20 percent over previous parts built on 50nm technology, the company claims.
Hynix will begin mass producing the new chips in the second half of next year to coincide with increased demand for high-performance graphics memory.
Though that says 2nd half of next year, some of that memory will come our way sooner, or else another supplier will produce something similar. These things are like secrets, once known, they spread like wildfire.
With nVidia needing newer, faster memory, along with AMD/ATi, there will be ramping up by any company capable of turning out this faster graphics memory. The Tesla cards will soak up massive amounts of memory as they are assembled.
with cheaper GDDR5 will come cheaper main memory, and so blocks of memory like this won’t cost $1350 any longer…