First draft of Hybrid Memory Cube interface specification released

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The Hybrid Memory Cube Consortium (HMCC) has released the first draft of the Hybrid Memory Cube (HMC) interface specification, putting it on schedule to release the final version by the end of the year.

The industry specification will enable developers to adopt designs that leverage HMC memory technology, which has the potential to break through the 'memory wall' and boost performance for next generation applications. "With the draft standard now available for final input and modification by adopter members, we're excited to move one step closer to enabling the Hybrid Memory Cube and the latest generation of 28nm fpgas to be easily integrated into high performance systems," commented Rob Sturgill, architect at Altera. The initial draft consists of an interface protocol and short reach interconnection across physical layers (PHYs) targeted at high performance networking, industrial and test and measurement applications. The next step will be to define an ultra short reach PHY for applications requiring tightly coupled or close proximity memory support for fpgas, asics and assps. For more about the members of the HMCC and its objectives, click here.