SK Hynix’s 4GB HBM2 Hit Mass Production in Q3, 8GB HBM2 in Q4
We know already that HBM 2 for Nvidia Pascal is going to be mass produced by SK Hynix and Samsung both, but now we also know that at least SK Hynix is ready to start mass production of the 4GB HBM2 by the third quarter of this year.
As far as the 8GB HMB2 is concerned, it has been reported that mass production will be started in the fourth quarter of this year.
The report has come in from German website Golem.de which says that this is going to be the year when High Bandwidth Memory gets to govern the video cards wars because of the 4GB HBM2 dies and 8GB dies both.
All this goes in line with AMD and Nvidia’s plans of unveiling Polaris and Pascal respectively this year. While AMD is planning on bringing out more details on its new Polaris architecture at GDC 2016 (which is next week), Nvidia is planning the same for Pascal at their GPU Technology Conference next month.
If we look at these timelines alongside the plans of SK Hynix, we could suggest that both the new architectures could launch sometime in June or July and that we could be getting our hands on them in the following months.
This is also in line with past reports that Nvidia Pascal, using the 4GB HBM2 and 8GB HBM2, will be launching in the second half of this year.
As far as Samsung’s mass production of HBM2 is concerned, they have been a step ahead and reportedly at works with it since January this year.