NVIDIA Confirmed To Be Supplied With Second Gen. HBM From Both Samsung And SK Hynix


In addition to SK Hynix, Samsung has also entered the HBM market and would commence mass production of the memory during Q1, 2016. Both South Korean memory manufacturing giants would be mass producing second-generation HBM for NVIDIA and it would be for the company’s Pascal lineup of GPUs.

Mass Production Of Second-Gen HBM For NVIDIA Will Commence From Q1, 2016, But Not After The Pilot Production Phase Starts By The End Of 2015

Industry sources have stated that both Samsung Electronics and SK Hynix are planning to mass produce second-gen High Bandwidth Memory (HBM) for NVIDIA’s Pascal lineup of graphics processors. The mass production phase is expected to start during the first quarter of 2016, but before that, pilot production and reliability tests completion will be taking place by the end of 2015. SK Hynix, the world’s second largest memory chipmaker was already providing AMD and NVIDIA with first-generation before Samsung decided to jump into this market.

Unfortunately, Micron is not going to be a part of the deal since the firm uses HMC (Hybrid Memory Cubes). While it is a technology that is very similar to HBM, its productivity levels are not up to par. With second-generation HBM incorporated into the Pascal GPU lineup from NVIDIA, the company will effortlessly be able to achieve far more than what first-generation HBM present on AMD Fury X, Fury, Nano, and Fury X2 brought to the table.

Additionally, NVIDIA will also have access to denser chips, which will no doubt result in graphic cards boasting VRAM in between the range 16 and 32GB, along with a 4096 memory bus-width that will deliver astounding performance in future gaming titles that are being played on the 4K and 8K resolutions. Furthermore, HBM will be able to process data 4-8 times faster when compared to traditional DDR memory while at the same time, consume 40 percent less power than the latter.

NVIDIA Pascal GPU module

Apart from graphic cards, both Samsung and SK Hynix are also gearing up to supply second-generation HBM to servers and supercomputers, and after that, branch out to provide memory chips for Sony’s and Microsoft’s next-generation gaming consoles. According to Business Korea, the following has been quoted:

“There are clear signs of a change in the structural design of CPUs, GPUs, DRAM memory, and storage led by Intel and Nvidia, which control standards in the market. Samsung and SK Hynix are both expanding their technical bases for various types of next-gen memory, including HBM chips.”

Apart from featuring second-generation HBM, NVIDIA Pascal graphics processors are also going to feature NVLink. NVLink will allow data to move between GPUs and CPUs 5-12 times faster compared to the level of speeds delivered by PCI-Express. The first products sporting Pascal GPUs will arrive during the second quarter of 2016.