Samsung Electronics starts production of super-speed DRAM ‘Aquabolt’

2018.01.12 13:24:06 | 2018.01.14 10:59:45

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Samsung Electronics has kicked off mass production of its second-generation 8-gigabyte (GB) High Bandwidth Memory-2 (HBM2) with the industry’s fastest data transmission speed, extending its leadership in driving the growth of the premium DRAM market.

The new solution dubbed Aquabolt can handle data for 61 full HD movies in a second and significantly improve overall system performance of artificial intelligence and supercomputing, the company said on Thursday.

With this improvement, a single Samsung 8GB HBM2 package will offer a 307 gigabytes-per-second (GBps) data bandwidth, achieving nearly 10 times faster data transmission than a typical 8 gigabit (Gb) GDDR5 chip, which provides a 32GBps data bandwidth, according to the company.

Using four of the new HBM2 packages in a system will enable a 1.2 terabytes-per-second (TBps) bandwidth and improve system performance by as much as 50 percent, compared to a system that uses a 1.6Gbps HBM2.

Samsung Electronics said it will supply Aquabolt to its global IT customers and continue to rapidly advance its memory technology in cooperation with leading OEMs across a wide array of fields including supercomputing, artificial intelligence, and graphics processing.

Shares of Samsung Electronics closed Friday down 0.08 percent at 2,410,000 won.

By Lee Jae-cheol and Minu Kim

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