"The first package we're going to launch commercially in the second half of this year is in a fairly large package because fundamentally the networking base doesn't want package pitch lower than 1 millimeter on the ball pitch for the bottom of the ball grid array," Black said. "So physically the logic chip and the DRAM die are in the 100 square-millimeter size sitting on a bigger package to accommodate the ball-out requirements for a short reach design in a networking platform."
The ultra short-reach interconnection definition is focused on a low energy, close-proximity memory design support of FPGAs, ASICs and ASSPs, such as high-performance networking, and test and measurement applications. That will have a one to three-inch channel back to the CPU, and it has the throughput goal of 15Gbps per lane.
"It's optimized at very low energy signaling for multi-chip modules," Black said. "That's where you'll see a very small package form factor where you're sub-300 micron ball pitch."
While 3D DRAM will cost more to make than its predecessor, Black pointed out that it would cost more to gain the aggregate bandwidth using standard DRAM modules.
"If you look at the total cost of offering a cube, versus trying to get to that kind of bandwidth with traditional DRAM technology, we can in many cases show the total system cost as being much better with Hybrid Memory Cube," he said.
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