Intel And Altera Developing World’s First HBM2 SiP with FPGAs
The upcoming HBM2 memory technology certainly has a lot of hardware manufacturers interested. Both AMD and Nvidia will be using the technology in their next generation GPUs, but it seems like they might have a new contender in the business.
Intel’s subsidiary Altera has recently launched the world’s first System in Package device that uses HBM2 DRAM. Combined with FPGAs, this new SiP allows flexible computing and unparalleled results with HBM2 thanks to the reprogrammable logic aspect of FPGAs.
This new creation will use Altera’s Stratix SoCs and FPGAs, comprising of 10 FPGAs per SiP, alongside Intel’s EMIB fabric to create something that can handle specific types of workload quite efficiently.
Intel’s own onboard GPUs are still ways behind dedicated products of Nvidia and AMD but this venture might see that changing or it might not, it remains to be seen. However, there is a possibility that these SiPs will be limited to professional GPUs instead of mainstream consumer based ones.
“Altera is in a unique position to serve these system requirements by combining the industry’s highest performance FPGA with High-Bandwidth Memory in a single package,” said Altera’s senior Vice President of Corporate Strategy and Marketing, Danny Biran. “No other programmable solution can match Stratix 10 DRAM SiP in terms of performance, power efficiency and memory bandwidth.”
The Stratix 10 SiP HBM2 device has an expected launch window of 2016-2017.