South Korean publication Business Korea is claiming NVIDIA will source HBM2 memory for its next-gen Pascal GPU architecture from both Samsung and SK Hynix.
According to the report, Samsung and SK Hynix will both start mass producing second-gen High Bandwidth Memory (HBM2) for NVIDIA’s Pascal GPU by Q1 2016. A pilot production run and reliability tests are expected to be completed by the end of this year.
NVIDIA’s chief rival AMD already has products in the market using first-gen HBM, supplied by SK Hynix. The second-gen HBM will offer even better performance though, as it is claimed to process data twice as fast as the first-gen HBM modules. Storage capacity of the 8Gb HBM is also claimed to have increased fourfold.
Apart from use in NVIDIA’s Pascal GPU, HBM2 modules from Samsung and SK Hynix are also expected to be used in servers, supercomputers, networks, and high-performance PCs starting early next year. In the near future, they will also be used in other digital consumer products such as video game consoles.