An apparatus coupled to a requesting unit and a memory. The apparatus includes a data path and a request control circuit. The data path is coupled to the requesting unit and the memory. The data path is for buffering a vector. The vector includes multiple data elements of a substantially similar data type. The request control circuit is coupled to the data path and the requesting unit. The request control circuit is for receiving a vector memory request from the requesting unit. The request control circuit services the vector memory request by causing the transference of the vector between the requesting unit and the memory via the data path.