With memory prices and supply going up, this is surely going to be a good news for everyone!
While everyone is busy at CES 2018, Samsung has announced that it starts producing their 8-gigabyte (GB) 2nd-generation High Bandwidth Memory 2 (HBM2), apparently dubbed as ‘Aquabolt’.
Compared to the first generation 8GB HBM2, the new one comes with the highest level of DRAM performance (or data transmission speeds), with 2.4Gbps pin speed at 1.2V. The new HBM2 package also gets an additional protective layer at the bottom to increase its overall physical strength and durability.
In more technicality, this 2nd-gen Samsung 8GB HBM2 package will offer a whopping 307 gigabytes-per-second (GBps) data bandwidth, achieving 9.6 times faster data transmission than an 8 gigabit (Gb) GDDR5 chip, which only provides a 32GBps of data bandwidth.
Good news for gamers for their graphics cards right?
“With our production of the first 2.4Gbps 8GB HBM2, we are further strengthening our technology leadership and market competitiveness,” according to Samsung Electronics Executive Vice President of Memory Sales and Marketing Team Han Jae-soo.
“We will continue to reinforce our command of the DRAM market by assuring a stable supply of HBM2 worldwide, in accordance with the timing of anticipated next-generation system launches by our customers.”, Jae-soo added.
Samsung says that it will supply Aquabolt to its global IT customers (probably graphics cards manufacturers and other hardware that will require its memory chips), and continue to rapidly advance its memory technology in conjunction with leading OEMs throughout a wide array of fields including supercomputing, artificial intelligence, and graphics processing.
Our say: If memory supply will be stabilized soon, the surge for graphics cards as well as RAM / computer memory prices might go down sooner than expected. The mass production of HBM2 from Samsung signifies that there will be supplies coming to meet the further demand, raised by cryptocurrency mining, supply shortage and demand for upgrades.
News via Samsung Newsroom