AMD’s infographic on HBM

If one company is bad at bragging, then it’s AMD. It’s two main competitors are a lot better in that – NVIDIA even bragged about their upcoming GPUs having HBM. So I was surprised that recently I encountered a nice infographic, where AMD was actually bragging. And they deserved to do it!

I wanted to have comparisons with Intel/Micron’s HBC, but I leave that for another post as the good information is often a year old.

Very close to the processor

It’s using a high-speed bus on the substrate.


And yes, it really matters to be closer to the processor.


HBM versus GDDR5

  • Bus width from 32-bit tot 1024-bit
  • Clockspeed down. We need to wait for how it’s calculated.
  • Bandwidth up a lot. We can expect 1TB/s for GPUs now
  • Required voltage 14% down, which saves a lot of energy



Better GB/s per Watt

So for maintaining 320GB/s you would need 30 Watts. Now you need 9 Watts. As the reduction in power for the Radeon NANO is almost 100W, you understand that this tells only part of the power-reductions made possible.


A lot smaller

Yes, 94% less surface area. Only part of the reason is the stacking.


Standards AMD has pioneered

HBM has been engineered and implemented by AMD, made a standard by JEDEC and put into sylicon by Hynix.


And finally some bragging! AMD has made many standards we use daily, but never knew it was AMD technology.

  • Mantle. The predecessor of Vulkan, DirectX 12 and more
  • GDDR 1 to 5. Now being replaced by HBM, and not GDDR6
  • Wake-on-LAN. You never knew! Intel and IBM made it into a standard, but AMD introduced the Magic Packet in 1995.
  • DisplayPort Adaptive-Sync. Previously known as FreeSync.
  • X86-64. The reason why you find “amd64” packages in Linux.
  • Integrated Memory Controllers.
  • On-die GPUs.
  • Consumer Multicore CPU, the Athlon 62 X2.
  • HSA. Not in the list, probably because it’s a recent advancement.

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