Samsung Mass-Produces 4GB HBM2 DRAM, For Advanced Graphics And Network Systems

Posted: Jan 20 2016, 11:26am CST | by , in Technology News


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Samsung Mass-Produces 4GB HBM2 DRAM
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Samsung announces that it has begun mass-producing its 4GB HBM2 DRAM – a 4GB Dynamic Random Access Memory (DRAM) processor based on the second-generation High Bandwidth Memory (HBM2) interface – a package designed for high performance computing (HPC), advanced graphics and network systems together with enterprise servers.

This 4GB HBM2 DRAM is 7 times faster than the existing DRAM the company had, and its responsiveness for machine learning, graphics rendering, and parallel computing is unprecedented in the world of high-end computing operations.

"By mass producing next-generation HBM2 DRAM, we can contribute much more to the rapid adoption of next-generation HPC systems by global IT companies,” said Sewon Chun, senior vice president, Memory Marketing, Samsung Electronics.

“Also, in using our 3D memory technology here, we can more proactively cope with the multifaceted needs of global IT, while at the same time strengthening the foundation for future growth of the DRAM market," he added.

This new Samsung’s 4GB HBM2 DRAM utilizes a 20-nanometer process technology as well as HBM chip design that makes it suitable for use in next-generation HPC computers that require energy efficiency, reliability, and smallness for high performance abilities.

Last October, Samsung unveiled a 128GB 3D TSV DDR4 registered dual line memory module (RDIMM) that was well-received.

According to the company, the 4GB HBM2 DRAM has a 256GBps bandwidth, twice that of the HBM1 DRAM. This means the former is 7x powerful and faster than the 36GBps bandwidth of the 4GB GDDR5 DRAM chip, already enjoying a reputation of having the fastest data speed per pin at 9 GBps.

Meanwhile, the new 4GB HBM2 DRAM uses lesser power and increases the bandwidth per watt than that of a 4GB GDDR5 DRAM chip, plus the fact that it has a error-correcting code (ECC) capability to boost reliability.

It must be pointed out that Samsung intends to begin producing the 8GB HBM2 DRAM chip this year too, providing graphic artists and visual designers with over 95% of saving space, as against what the GDDR5 DRAM can offer.

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