Micron Technology Ships First Samples of Hybrid Memory Cube
Volume Production Planned for 2014
BOISE, Idaho, Sept. 25, 2013 (GLOBE NEWSWIRE) -- Micron Technology, Inc.
(Nasdaq:MU), announced today that it is shipping 2GB Hybrid Memory Cube (HMC)
engineering samples. HMC represents a dramatic step forward in memory
technology, and these engineering samples are the world's first HMC devices to
be shared broadly with lead customers. HMC is designed for applications
requiring high-bandwidth access to memory, including data packet processing,
data packet buffering or storage, and computing applications such as processor
accelerators. Micron expects future generations of HMC to migrate to consumer
applications within three to five years.
Micron's state-of-the-art DRAM stacked
atop high-performance logic.
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An industry breakthrough, HMC uses advanced through-silicon vias
(TSVs)—vertical conduits that electrically connect a stack of individual
chips—to combine high-performance logic with Micron's state-of-the-art DRAM.
Micron's HMC features a 2GB memory cube that is composed of a stack of four
4Gb DRAM die. The solution provides an unprecedented 160 GB/s of memory
bandwidth while using up to 70 percent less energy per bit than existing
technologies, which dramatically lowers customers' total cost of ownership
"The Hybrid Memory Cube is a smart fix that breaks with the industry's
pastapproaches and opens up new possibilities," said Jim Handy, a memory
analyst at Objective Analysis. "Although DRAM internal bandwidth has been
increasing exponentially, along with logic's thirst for data,current options
offer limited processor-to-memory bandwidth and consume significant power. HMC
is an exciting alternative."
HMC's abstracted memory enables designers to devote more time to leveraging
HMC's revolutionary features and performance and less time to navigating the
multitude of memory parameters required to implement basic functions.It also
manages error correction, resiliency, refresh, and other parameters
exacerbated by memory process variation.
"System designers are looking for new memory system designs to support
increased demand for bandwidth, density, and power efficiency," said Brian
Shirley, vice president of Micron's DRAM Solutions Group."HMC represents the
new standard in memory performance; it's the breakthrough our customers have
been waiting for."
HMC has been recognized by industry leaders and influencers as the
long-awaited answer to the growing gap between the performance improvement
rate of DRAM and processor data consumption rates. Micron's HMC was recently
named Memory Product of the Year by leading electronics publications, EDN and
Micron expects 4GB HMC engineering samples to be available in early 2014 with
volume production of both the 2GB and 4GB HMC devices beginning later in 2014.
Micron Technology, Inc., is one of the world's leading providers of advanced
semiconductor solutions. Through its worldwide operations, Micron manufactures
and markets a full range of DRAM, NAND and NOR Flash memory, as well as other
innovative memory technologies, packaging solutions, and semiconductor
systems, for use in leading-edge computing, consumer, networking, embedded and
mobile products. Micron's common stock is traded on the NASDAQ under the MU
symbol. To learn more about Micron Technology, Inc., visit
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regarding the sample availability and volume production of Hybrid Memory Cube.
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