Samsung mass produces HBM2 4GB DRAM

Samsung DRAMSamsung has begun mass producing the industry’s first 4-GB DRAM package based on the second-generation High Bandwidth Memory (HBM2) interface.

The DRAM is headed for use in high performance computing (HPC), advanced graphics and network systems, as well as enterprise servers.

The new DRAM is more than seven times faster than the current DRAM performance limit which means super-fast responsiveness for high-end computing tasks including parallel computing, graphics rendering and machine learning.

In a statement Samsung’s Sewon Chun, senior vice president, Memory Marketing, Samsung Electronics said that by mass producing next-generation HBM2 DRAM, the outfit can contribute much more to the rapid adoption of next-generation HPC systems by global IT companies.
“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.”

After all who doesn’t need their multifaceted needs proactively coped?

The 4GB HBM2 DRAM uses Samsung’s most efficient 20-nanometer process technology and advanced HBM chip design, satisfies the need for high performance, energy efficiency, reliability and small dimensions making it well suited for next-generation HPC systems and graphics cards.

The 4GB HBM2 package is created by stacking a buffer die at the bottom and four 8-gigabit (Gb) core dies on top. These are then vertically interconnected by TSV holes and microbumps. A single 8Gb HBM2 die contains over 5,000 TSV holes, which is more than 36 times that of a 8Gb TSV DDR4 die, offering a dramatic improvement in data transmission performance compared to typical wire-bonding based packages.

Samsung’s new DRAM package features 256GBps of bandwidth, which is double that of a HBM1 DRAM package. This is equivalent to a more than seven-fold increase over the 36GBps bandwidth of a 4Gb GDDR5 DRAM chip, which has the fastest data speed per pin (9Gbps) among currently manufactured DRAM chips. Samsung’s 4GB HBM2 also enables enhanced power efficiency by doubling the bandwidth per watt over a 4Gb-GDDR5-based solution, and embeds ECC (error-correcting code) functionality to offer high reliability.

In addition, Samsung plans to produce an 8GB HBM2 DRAM package within this year. By specifying 8GB HBM2 DRAM in graphics cards, designers will be able to enjoy a space savings of more than 95 percent, compared to using GDDR5 DRAM, offering more optimal solutions for compact devices that require high-level graphics computing capabilities.