Samsung Electronics has announced new memory chips that feature artificial intelligence (AI) technology, extending the company’s technological supremacy in the memory chip market.
At Hot Chips, an annual semiconductor industry conference dedicated to promoting innovative technology, the business unveiled and demonstrated how the new devices are used.
The business claims to have created HBM-PIM, a high-bandwidth memory (HBM) with AI processing capacity that would be used in data center servers.
The AI processor-embedded memory chips, according to Samsung, assist central processing units (CPUs) digest data faster, as they can undertake data tasks traditionally performed by CPUs.
Samsung announced the industry’s first HBM-PIM chips in February, claiming that they are now testing the devices to improve high-speed data processing in supercomputers and other applications.
Since then, the HBM-PIM has been put through its paces in Xilinx’s Virtex UltraScale+ AI accelerator. The memory chips improved system performance 2.5 times while reduced energy usage by more than 60%, which was a good outcome.
“HBM-PIM is the industry’s first AI-tailored memory solution, which is currently being evaluated in customer AI-accelerator systems and displaying enormous commercial promise,” said Kim Nam-sung, Samsung’s senior vice president.
The company’s HBM-PIM may be used in a variety of applications, including supercomputers, data centers, and other AI applications that demand faster data processing, according to the executive.
SAP, a German technology firm, is claimed to be testing Samsung’s memory chips in its SAP HANA database management system.
When using the new memory chips, SAP’s head of HANA core research and innovation, Oliver Rebholz, predicted considerable performance gains and increased energy efficiency.
The electronics company has plans to unveil a new generation of memory chips in late 2021, the company’s first in seven years, that claims to quadruple speeds and provide the most capacity yet to keep up with the rise of data centers and artificial intelligence demands.