Hybrid Memory Cube Consortium Heralds 2013 as Turning Point for
High-Performance Memory ICs, Gains Rapid Consensus for Final Specification and
Decision to Renew Consortium
Collaboration Among 100 Developers and Adopters Will Enable New Disruptive
Computing Solutions for Wide Range of Industrial to Consumer Segments
BOISE, Idaho and SEOUL, Korea, April 2, 2013 (GLOBE NEWSWIRE) -- More than 100
developer and adopter members of the Hybrid Memory Cube Consortium (HMCC)
today announced they've reached consensus for the global standard that will
deliver a much-anticipated, disruptive memory computing solution. Developed in
only 17 months, the final specification marks the turning point for designers
in a wide range of segments—from networking and high-performance computing, to
industrial and beyond—to begin designing Hybrid Memory Cube (HMC) technology
into future products.
A major breakthrough with HMC is the long-awaited utilization of advanced
technologies to combine high-performance logic with state-of-the-art DRAM.
With this first HMC milestone reached so quickly, consortium members have
elected to extend their collaborative effort to achieve agreement on the next
generation of HMC interface standards.
"The consensus we have among major memory companies and many others in the
industry will contribute significantly to the launch of this promising
technology," said Jim Elliott, Vice President, Memory Planning and Product
Marketing, Samsung Semiconductor, Inc. "As a result of the work of the HMCC,
IT system designers and manufacturers will be able to get new green memory
solutions that outperform other memory options offered today."
"This milestone marks the tearing down of the memory wall," said Robert
Feurle, Micron's Vice President for DRAM Marketing. "The industry agreement is
going to help drive the fastest possible adoption of HMC technology, resulting
in what we believe will be radical improvements to computing systems and,
ultimately, consumer applications."
"HMC is a very special offering currently on the radar," said JH Oh, Vice
President, DRAM Product Planning and Enabling Group, SK hynix Inc. "HMC brings
a new level of capability to memory that provides exponential performance and
efficiency gains that will redefine the future of memory."
As envisioned, HMC capabilities will leap beyond current and near-term memory
architectures in the areas of performance, packaging and power efficiency.
One of the primary challenges facing the industry—and a key motivation for
forming the HMCC—is that the memory bandwidth required by high-performance
computers and next-generation networking equipment has increased beyond what
conventional memory architectures can efficiently provide. The term "memory
wall" has been used to describe this challenge. Breaking through the memory
wall requires an architecture such as HMC that can provide increased density
and bandwidth with significantly lower power consumption.
The HMC standard focuses on alleviating an extremely challenging bandwidth
bottleneck while optimizing the performance between processor and memory to
drive high-bandwidth memory products scaled for a wide range of applications.
The need for more efficient, high-bandwidth memory solutions has become
particularly important for servers, high-performance computing, networking,
cloud computing and consumer electronics.
The achieved specification provides an advanced, short-reach (SR) and ultra
short-reach (USR) interconnection across physical layers (PHYs) for
applications requiring tightly coupled or close-proximity memory support for
FPGAs, ASICs and ASSPs, such as high-performance networking, and test and
measurement. The next goal for the consortium is to further advance standards
designed to increase data rate speeds from 10, 12.5 and 15 gigabits per second
(Gb/s) up to 28 Gb/s for SR and from 10 Gb/s up to 15 Gb/s for USR. The
next-generation specification is projected to gain consortium agreement by the
first quarter of 2014.
The HMCC is a focused collaboration of OEMs, enablers and integrators who are
cooperating to develop and implement an open interface standard for HMC. More
than 100 leading technology companies from Asia, Japan, Europe and the U.S.
have joined the effort, including Altera, ARM, Cray, Fujitsu, GLOBALFOUNDRIES,
HP, IBM, Marvell, Micron Technology, National Instruments, Open-Silicon,
Samsung, SK hynix, ST Microelectronics, Teradyne and Xilinx. Continued
collaborations within the consortium could ultimately facilitate new uses in
HPC, networking, energy, wireless communications, transportation, security and
other semiconductor applications.
Additional information, technical support specifications and other tools for
adopting the technology can be found at www.hybridmemorycube.org.
About the HMCC
Founded by leading members of the world's semiconductor community, the Hybrid
Memory Cube Consortium (HMCC) is dedicated to the development and
establishment of an industry-standard interface specification for the Hybrid
Memory Cube technology. Members of the consortium include Altera Corporation,
ARM, HP, IBM, Micron Technology, Open-Silicon, Inc., Samsung Electronics Co.,
Ltd.,SK hynix Inc., and Xilinx, Inc. To learn more about the HMCC, visit
CONTACT: Scott Stevens
Micron Technology, Inc.
Samsung Electronics Co., Ltd.
SK hynix, Inc.
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