Samsung Electronics and SK Hynix have been receiving a surge in orders for HBMs
Recently, due to the sluggish semiconductor situation, DRAM prices have been falling all the way. Major memory chip manufacturers such as Samsung and SK Hynix are miserable. The financial statements of the latter in the fourth quarter of 2022 show that they even suffered a single quarterly loss again after ten years.
However, ChatGPT has recently set off a wave of enthusiasm around the world. After the launch of this artificial intelligence tool, it has attracted the attention of many people. Nvidia founder and CEO Jensen Huang said in a recent speech that ChatGPT is the iPhone moment in the field of artificial intelligence and one of the greatest technologies ever created in the field of computing.
In fact, the emergence of ChatGPT seems to be a turning point for memory manufacturers. According to Business Korea, since the beginning of this year, Samsung and SK Hynix’s HBM (high bandwidth memory) orders have surged, and prices have also risen, injecting a little vitality into the sluggish DRAM market.
Although HBM has stronger performance, its shipment volume is much less than that of ordinary DRAM. This is because its average selling price is three times that of ordinary DRAM, which requires complex production processes and advanced production technologies. With the emergence of ChatGPT, AI has become a hot spot again, and the demand for high-performance computing chips has increased, which has also benefited HBM. Nvidia’s latest H100 computing card uses the latest HBM3. It is understood that compared with the highest-performance DRAM, the current price of HBM3 has increased by up to five times.
Some people in the industry said that the era when memory manufacturers only relied on manufacturing processes has passed, and the development of AI semiconductor technology that adds data processing capabilities will become very important and may determine the future of chip manufacturers. In the medium to long term, the development of dedicated DRAM chips such as HBM-PIM will bring great changes to the semiconductor industry.