With the support of 100 technology companies, the three largest computer chip manufacturers in the world agree on Uniform standard The next generation of Memories, Which will be three-dimensional and ultra-fast
The new memory, called HMC, or "Cube memory Hybrid "will introduce a number of features that are expected to bounce the industry into the next generation of speed and power in computing technology.
The subject was mentioned in the past in the articles they dealt with In cooperation with Intel With other companies (Micron in this case) as well as IBM's joining and 3M manufacturing A special glue that allows to glue layers of chips On each other to create powerful 3-D chips.
Now, the standard has arrived, and is particularly ambitious.
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Together with Micron, Hynix and Samsung, about 100 companies and early adopters of the technology announced their support for the new standard in order to advance it and make it an industry standard.
Using new technology and advanced production techniques, Micron's team of engineers has managed to build a memory structure that uses multiple layers of chips loaded over the memory control circuit (in previous generations, such as DDR3 And DDR4, control circuits, or memory logic are integrated with the memory cells themselves), allowing it to use 70 less power for each bit of memory, while accelerating its operation speed up to 160 GB per second in a two-channel connection , Compared to 11 GB per second atDDR3, Or 18-20 GB per second atDDR4.
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The first memory devices are expected to provide volumes of 2, 4 and 8 GB only, but it's not hard to guess that this is just the beginning.
Another responsible for this impressive leap is the use ofTSV - Technology Which enables the creation of conductive transitions on the sides of the silicon itself (as opposed to regular circuits where the conductors are burned on the circuit) and vertically (from the bottom up). In the new generation of TSV technology, which uses these chips, the conductors are built into the chip (rather than on its sides), allowing small size to be maintained and the need for additional layers to be avoided.
In addition, the physical distance between the new memory sockets and the processor is significantly shortened, and this simple change will speed up the practical speed of the new memories.
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"This milestone marks the breaking of the memory barrier," claims Robert Feurle, vice president of marketing micron Memories DRAM. "A device that has gained overwhelming support from the industry will help the fastest adoption of HMC technology, and we believe this will lead to radical improvements in computing systems and ultimately consumer products."
Since today there are significant needs in the area of powerful computing, as well as communications products (such as high-speed optical routers and hubs) that are thirsty for memories and other components that can meet the increasing rates they offer, there seems to be no problem in terms of demand for components memory In the new standard.
Each component in computer systems whose speed increases is another bottleneck that opens and allows an additional increase in the power and speed of the processor and graphics card (for example) that may have been limited by them.
But do we, as consumers, need another jump in the speed of computers? Today companies are leading market like Intel Concentrate on improving their existing product and polishing it more than adding cores or other drastic changes. There's a certain saturation feeling that might come from the consumer market that says "Enough. I really don't need another speed, memory Faster or any other major hardware enhancement. ”Maybe it's time to concentrate on the severely retarded software hardware that went through it more than ten years ago?
For regular operations, and even for heavy games and playing high definition content, it is now possible to purchase a relatively inexpensive computer (2500-4500 NIS) that will satisfy our needs for at least the next two or three years. There are also those who are satisfied with their computer for ten years or more!
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