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Samsung Says HBM2 Demand More Than Doubles Its Production

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Posted: 06:28PM
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There are not that many products currently available that use second generation high bandwidth memory (HBM2) but apparently the demand for it is so high, Samsung is not even close to matching it. Apparently the company stated at ISC 2018 that it could double its production of HBM2 and still not satisfy demand. This high demand is certainly contributing to its higher price compared to the GDDR5 used in most graphics cards, but its need to be directly connected to the GPU, like on an interposer as AMD uses with its Vega-based products, also makes it more expensive than the more traditional memory that can be installed on the PCB. Still, there is great interest in this memory and for good reason. As its name suggests, it offers great bandwidth compared to GDDR5 and does so while consuming less power. This is because HBM2 itself uses a lower voltage than GDDR5 but also because placing HBM2 nearer the GPU reduces the power needed to transmit data between the processor and memory.

In case you are wondering why Samsung does not just increase its manufacturing of HBM2, it is worth noting that it is manufactured at the same facilities the produce other memory technologies. Increasing HBM2 would mean reducing GDDR5, DDR4, and even Flash memory production, and all of these technologies are in great demand. We can also expect GDDR6 in products in the near future, and it too will take up some of that manufacturing capacity, so we need to wait and see how things will stabilize and where these different technologies will find themselves.

Source: Overclock3D



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