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SK hynix begins mass-production of high bandwidth memory HBM2E

All News 11:00 July 02, 2020

SEOUL, July 2 (Yonhap) -- Major South Korean chipmaker SK hynix Inc. on Thursday said it has begun mass production of its latest high bandwidth memory (HBM) DRAM chip in the latest move to boost its presence in the memory chip sector.

SK hynix said it started full-scale production of its HBM2E DRAM product, 10 months after it announced the development of the new DRAM chip.

HBM2E offers "the fastest DRAM solution in the industry," according to the company, as it is able to transmit 124 full-HD movies per second.

"HBM2E boasts high-speed, high-capacity and low-power characteristics," the company said. "It is an optimal memory solution for next-generation artificial intelligence systems including deep learning accelerator and high-performance computing."

This photo provided by SK hynix Inc. on July 2, 2020, shows the company's HBM2E DRAM chips. (PHOTO NOT FOR SALE) (Yonhap)

SK hynix said it also expects the chip to be applied to the Exascale supercomputer -- an advanced computing system that can perform calculations a quintillion times per second.

The HBM2E supports over 460 gigabytes (GB) per second of bandwidth based on 3.6 gigabits per second in speed performance per pin, according to SK hynix.

Using through silicon via (TSV) technology, a maximum of eight 16-gigabit chips are vertically stacked and provide a single, dense package of 16 GB data capacity, more than double from its previous generation HBM2.

SK hynix was the world's second-largest DRAM producer with a 29.3 percent market share in the first quarter of the year, only behind Samsung Electronics Co., according to data from market researcher TrendForce.


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