Samsung 900MHz GDDR3 In Mass Production

Samsung is mass producing the fastest graphics memory device in the world – a
900 MHz Graphics Double Data Rate 3 (GDDR3) chip. The device – already being
used in graphics cards for PCs, workstations and notebooks – is 50 percent
faster than the previous computer memory chip produced in large volume.

"NVIDIA is now shipping the GeForce 7800 GTX 512 graphics card, which some
experts have proclaimed the fastest graphics card on the planet*, and which
benefits greatly from Samsung’s new 900 Mhz GDDR3 memory chips," said Bryn
Young, Director of Memory Marketing and Sales, NVIDIA Corporation. "Samsung’s
900 Mhz GDDR3 helped NVIDIA achieve the highest memory clock speed of any
commercially available graphics processor."

Samsung Electronics Co., Ltd., the world leader in advanced memory
technology, announced that it is mass producing the fastest graphics memory
device in the world – a 900 MHz Graphics Double Data Rate 3 (GDDR3) chip. The
device – already being used in graphics cards for PCs, workstations and
notebooks – is 50 percent faster than the previous computer memory chip produced
in large volume.

"NVIDIA is now shipping the GeForce 7800 GTX 512 graphics card, which some
experts have proclaimed the fastest graphics card on the planet*, and which
benefits greatly from Samsung’s new 900 Mhz GDDR3 memory chips," said Bryn
Young, Director of Memory Marketing and Sales, NVIDIA Corporation. "Samsung’s
900 Mhz GDDR3 helped NVIDIA achieve the highest memory clock speed of any
commercially available graphics processor."

Joe Macri, Director, Engineering, ATI Corporation, said, "Samsung’s aggressive
memory roadmap meshes quite well with our efforts to push the limits of speed to
enable top-notch graphics for gamers and enthusiasts. We have worked closely
with Samsung and have redesigned the memory controller in our recently announced
architectures to take optimal advantage of its high-speed memory."

With the new 900 Mhz memory, the latest high-end graphics cards will be offering
not only faster animation, but also richer graphic textures and images that are
more realistic, bringing the digital world a step closer to true cinematic
rendition.

"We are considerably upping the ante for enriching the imagery for gamers and
professionals in the video and graphics industries," said Mueez Deen, Director
of Marketing for Graphics, Mobile and Consumer DRAM, Samsung Semiconductor, Inc.

The last mass-produced computer graphics memory was the 256Megabit (Mb) 600 Mhz
GDDR3 chip – also a first for Samsung at that time. The 512Mb 900MHz GDDR3,
aligned in 32 rows of 16Mb chips, is enabling high-speed 256 and 512 Megabyte
(MB) graphics cards.

According to Mercury Research, a PC component market research firm, the market
for high-end graphics memory is expected to grow by 42 percent next year, from
$ 1.1 billion in 2005 to $ 1.5 billion in 2006.

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