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Samsung and NVIDIA already working together on video memory for future GeForce RTX 5000s?
There's nothing official, but the rumours and gossip point to an epic duel at the launch of the next generation of GPUs.
As leader of the graphics card market in general and the GPU market in particular, NVIDIA has no shortage of ideas for convincing its partners to stay with it. For example, the huge South Korean conglomerate Samsung is said to be on the verge of signing a deal with NVIDIA. The aim would be for the former to manufacture GDDR7 memory chips and supply them to the latter's other partners. In this case, the information relayed by the VideoCardz site refers to the brand-new GDDR7, which is due to come onto the market shortly.
In July 2022, Samsung had already upgraded the aging GDDR6 found on many cards to a speed of 24 Gbps in its highest-performance configuration: a configuration we've never seen before on gaming graphics cards. Today, we're talking about a bigger step forward, as we're no longer talking about GDDR6 or GDDR6X, to use the official terminology, but GDDR7, which Samsung was extolling not so long ago. Samsung is not alone, however, and together with its compatriot SK Hynix, the two companies are in " the same boat ", with the main aim of securing customers at a time when the GDDR7 production line is well advanced.
Samsung is said to already have samples of GDDR7 available, capable of speeds up to 32 Gbps. What's more, according to Businesskorea journalists quoted by Igor's Lab, some of these samples have already been sent to NVIDIA so that it can check their behavior in the presence of the new architecture. While Samsung has already delivered chips to NVIDIA, it seems clear that SK Hynix is not going to stand idly by, as it has done with previous generations. Its GDDR7 manufacturing process seems to pose no particular problem, and SK Hynix is reportedly ready to steal some of Samsung's customers.
Micron - NVIDIA's only partner for GDDR6X - is the most prominent American company in this semiconductor segment in recent years, and does not appear to be in a position to win a contract with NVIDIA for this future generation, as its GDDR7 would not be ready before the second half of 2024, at best. However, on NVIDIA's side, there's no question of presenting new GPUs for several weeks, if not months: plenty of time to negotiate a few exclusivities with so-and-so.