SK hynix to discuss 24GB 896GB/s HBM3 memory, Samsung to showcase 27Gbps GDDR6 memory at ISSCC 2022

Published: 18th Jan 2022, 17:14 GMT   Comments

This post has been corrected per SK Hynix's request. The company says that the 896 GB/s memory to be mentioned at ISSCC 2022 will be the same memory as already announced in October 2021, except with a different 'standard of performance indication'. Meanwhile, the 27 Gbps GDDR6 memory mentioned in this article is obviously not SK Hynix's but Samsung's.

SK hynix has 896GB/s HBM3 memory in development

The South Korean company has updated its under-development HBM3 specs for the third time. 

Last October SK Hynix revealed it will have a 12-Hi (layer) HBM3 DRAM with a speed of 820 GB/s, only to be preparing memory with 896 GB/s bandwidth spec for a discussion at ISSCC 2022 (IEEE International Solid-State Circuits Conference).

The details are not yet known, but the title of the session already confirms the speed and the memory configuration. It is also to be a 12 layer HBM3 DRAM with a capacity of 196 Gb (24GB). This would be achieved through TSV (through silicon via) auto-calibration and machine-learning optimizations. What is also unclear is whether this type of memory is literally a prototype on paper or rather something that SK hynix intends to push into mass production.

SK hynix HBM3 memory, Source: ISSCC

SK Hynix’s first HBM3 specs featured a 5.2 Gbit/s data rate per pin (665 GB/s) only to be updated by 23% to 6.4 Gbit/s (819 GB/s) a few months later. The latest 7 Gbit/s memory would provide an additional 10% upgrade over October’21 spec.

SK hynix High Bandwidth Memory
I/O (Bus Interface)102410241024
Max Data Rate/Bandwidth256 GB/s460.8 GB/s5.2 Gbit/s 665 GB/s (Jun 2021)
6.4 Gbit/s 819 GB/s (Oct 2021)
7.0 Gbit/s 896 GB/s (Feb 2022)
Max DRAM Layers8812
Max Capacity8 GB16 GB24 GB

Samsung with 27Gbps GDDR6 memory

The next session from Samsung indicates that they will be discussing T-coil-based 27 Gbps GDDR6 memory featuring Merged-MUX TX, Optimized WCK Operation, and Alternative Data-Bus. Such memory would be even faster than Samsung’s recently-announced 24Gbps memory which is now sampling. Hynix’s memory would be 16Gb in capacity, so the same capacity as Micron’s GDDR6X.

Source: ISSCC Advance Program (PDF)

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