LONDON Memory supplier Qimonda AG, has shipped what it says are the indutry's first 512Mb GDDR5 (Graphics Double Data Rate 5) samples to customers.
GDDR5 is widely expected to become the next predominant graphics DRAM standard and will boost memory bandwidth of graphics applications. The specification is about to get finalized in JEDEC.
Qimonda (Munich, Germany) said earlier this year it would skip the GDDR4 generation and focus on the next version for graphics memory technology.
GDDR5 will be available with data rates up to 20GBytes/ s per component, more than double the bandwidth of the fastest GDDR3 memories today and incorporates power saving features.
Quimonda says first products using its GDDR5 memories should be on sale early next year. Initial applications will include high specification graphics cards for both desktops and notebooks, followed by gaming consoles.
"We are pleased that we can support the GDDR5 activities of our customers with this first sample shipment, which is a major step to ensure the fast introduction of GDDR5 into the Graphics Market," said Robert Feurle, Vice President of Business Unit Graphics at Qimonda in a statement Thursday (Nov.1).