SK Hynix revealed two new 24Gbit DDR5 registered DIMM (RDIMM) memory modules that have a unique capacity for both. The company now offers both 48GB and 96GB memory capacities in addition to its flagship 256GB modules that will be used in cloud data centers. The new memory was unveiled during Intel’s Innovation 2022 event.
SK Hynix unveils new 48 GB and 96 GB DDR5 RDIMM memory at Intel Innovation 2022
Usually, when we discuss memory, the lowest capacity of DDRX memory is around 8 GB, and it doubles in capacity at each level (8, 16, 32, etc.). When a company creates a product that changes the norm, it raises the question of why such a capacity was chosen.
In line with the launch of 24Gb DDR5, SK hynix is working closely with a number of customers who provide cloud services. We will continue to strengthen our leadership in the growing DDR5 market by introducing advanced technologies and developing ESG-conscious products.
— Kevin (Jongwon) Noh, President and Chief Marketing Officer, SK Hynix
The new memory modules from SK Hynix are for RDIMM server specifications. The RDIMM offers increased reliability with its dual-inline configuration while supporting Chipkill and SDDC memory. The registered DIMM is first seen in the DDR3 memory category and uses a unique hardware register that softens control signals to the modules, avoiding application data. It then includes a clock cycle that handles increased electrical loads driven by high-density, increased-speed memory modules. RDIMMs are more efficient at handling these loads than standard DIMMs or UDIMMs.
SK Hynix DDR5 RDIMM memory portfolio unveiled during Intel Innovation 2022 (Credits: ServerTheHome):
Since the new SK Hynix RDIMMs are configured for server systems, the frequencies are as low as 5600 MHz and as high as 6400 MHZ. The company is rumored to add a 192GB dual-channel memory module to an 8-channel system. The maximum capacity will be 3TB, but the company has not commented on this rumor.
The company is not the only manufacturer to design new memory modules with such a configuration. Samsung and Micron are also developing 48GB and 96GB DDR5 modules, which will most likely be used in cloud servers. After cloud computing, companies will most likely look to HPC servers or even machine learning supercomputers to help with AI.
SK Hynix is shipping memory samples to its customers, but no release date has been given to server customers or the general public.
News source: ServerTheHome
SK Hynix Shows Up 96 & 48 GB DDR5 Memory Modules, 256 GB DIMM Also Revealed