Perhaps a magic information fairy pointed him to an Intel Technology Journal Article
"TERA-SCALE MEMORY CHALLENGES AND SOLUTIONS"
And this corresponding patent:
"Systems, methods, and apparatuses for hybrid memory"
Sounds similar to what Huawei/Altera are doing and what I expect other comms and server OEMs will try out over the next year or so.
Haswell is going to be a 2.5 d module with the Level 4 cache chip next to the processor, the chips connected by fine-pitch high-density thin film interconnects on the Si substrate of the module. Will have lots of interconnects, enabling lots of parallelism in memory accesss by multi - core in CPU / SoC. BTW won't be able to stack chips ( true 3D ) because need to take heat out of the 10 watt CPU.
stacking memory on the CPU makes a lot of sense for any lower-power chip - after all, it's pretty routine in phones. stacking not only gives a performance boost, but saves some power. probably hard to do with a bigger/hotter chip, though.
10W is certainly workable for a tablet, as long as it can race to sleep, low leakage, etc.
I just wish AMD would grow some balls and produce, for instance, an APU with stacked dram so you could tile a bunch of them onto a board. whatever happened to the idea of scalable multiprocessor systems anyway? (with builtin scalable GPU for free!)
It's still a little rumor-like to me. I also saw Anand report it as embedded DRAM as if on-chip, but if it is off- chip, would they use TSV for the speed? Isn't the normal course to make it on-chip SRAM?
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