SK Hynix Develops New VRAM For Use In The AMD Vega GPU
Some sharp-eyed observers noted that SK Hynix has updated its catalog with several new types of memory, indicating that the South Korean manufacturer is likely moving the timetable forward on several of its products. This would include new NAND V4 cards, but also, interestingly, new HBM2 VRAM for use in AMD’s promised new Vega GPU.
Currently, there is no set release date for the Vega, but it’s likely a little closer than expected if SK Hynix has put the VRAM the GPU will use in its new catalog. The new graphics card has been hotly anticipated by fans as it has been advertised from the very start as being able to beat Nvidia’s GTX 1080 in a fair fight. At one point AMD said the Vega would come out in the first quarter of this year, which may turn out to be true in light of this piece of news.
The Vega would likely have two stacks of the new VRAM, meaning it will have 8GB and a bandwidth of 409.6 GB/s. This is lower than the last generation of AMD’s products and quite a bit lower than Nvidia’s Flagship, the Titan X. Though this won’t make the Vega a bad GPU, it may not be enough to be the competition buster it was designed to be. Currently, much of the information on the Vega is still speculative, however, so fans should keep their chin up.
Outside of its cooperation with AMD, SK Hynix seems to also be jumping onto the NAND bandwagon, producing several different types of the flash memory for use in anything from microSD cards to SSDs. The company has confirmed they will be focusing more and more on NAND and slowly phasing out DRAM over the next few years, but did not give a timetable on this development.
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