DDR4 Company Hynix
Last Updated On: August 10, 2015
When you talk about companies that helped advance the DDR4 specification, you have to talk about Hynix. Hynix is a memory chip manufacturer, and their chips are used on memory modules from Samsung, G.skill, and others. OEM computers such as those from Hewlett-Packard, Dell, and Acer typically have Hynix chips in them as well.
As a company, Hynix focuses on making memory chips. The company was founded in 1983, and started manufacturing the “multifunctional phone lx-2” as a complete product. Fast forward to 2010 and in September of that year, Hynix signed a joint development agreement with HP to create next generation memory products. In 2012, the company changed their name to SK Hynix Inc as a way to honor their South Korean roots. Their crowning achievement, however, was the world’s first 128GB DDR4 memory modules in April of 2014 (read more about that at http://www.computerworld.com/article/2489597/data-center/hynix-reveals-world-s-first-128gb-ddr4-memory-module.html).
History of Hynix
Other notable achievements in Hynix’s history include the world’s first 40nm class 2 Gb GDDR4 DRAM module, the world’s first 8 GB 2-rank DDR3 R-DIMM validation, and the world’s first 44nm DDR3 DRAM module. In 2009, Hynix acquired Intel validation for the world’s first ultra-high speed DDR3 based module for server memory. In 2010, Hynix developed the world’s first 2 GB mobile low power DDR2 DRAM module. We can list other achievements that Hynix has in the memory market, but the picture at this point should be painfully obvious. Hynix has a long track record of innovating new developments and making those developments available to the market via business-to-business sales. Hynix focuses on developing exceptional memory chips, and lets other companies decide how to use those memory chips in modules for consumer sales.
Hynix is strictly a business to business company, meaning they only sell their products to other companies. These companies then create the products that you and I purchase on Newegg or Amazon when buying memory for our computers. Samsung is one company that uses the Hynix chips on their modules. While there are other factors that play into the quality of a module, the chip manufacturer does impact quality and performance a lot.
Since developing the world’s first 128GB DDR module, SK Hynix has been busy acquiring other companies and divisions. Hynix is positioning themselves to be a long term innovator in the memory market. I wouldn’t be surprised to see them releasing a bunch of new memory modules over the coming months as adoption of the DDR4 memory increases.
Hynix believes that its future growth depends on unrivaled technology superiority and product competitiveness. This philosophy means that SK Hynix will continue to allocate resources to support ongoing research and development in memory, which will lead to even more innovation and quality in the memory modules manufactured with Hynix products. Finally, another consumer benefit of Hynix’s philosophy is that faster and higher performing modules will be forthcoming into the marketplace, driving down the cost of the initially released modules.
It is refreshing to see a company take such a strong commitment to product quality and innovation. I think that especially with US based companies consumers are used to these companies doing the minimum necessary. True innovation is not something that is considered normal as we saw the DDR3 spec survive for over 7 years before DDR4 was developed. With Hynix taking as strong of a commitment to the innovation process, consumers can expect to see companies releasing these new innovations and then competing with each other for sales, thus driving down the price of these new innovative memory modules.
This is also a philosophy that is shared by Hynix’s leadership team. In the CEO’s Message on Hynix’s website, this philosophy is re-iterated several times in the message. From adapting to a rapidly changing environment to leveraging technological leadership, Hynix firmly believes that innovation and growth is the key to preserving its future and securing for itself another 30 years of operations. Hynix’s track record also shows that this philosophy is not just lip service. Hynix sports multiple world first achievements in developing new memory innovations and bringing them to the market via business to business sales.
Over the next several years, Hynix will no doubt deliver even higher performing modules at lower prices. Hynix has stated that they are committed to leading the marketplace for the next 30 years. I for one will be interested to see how they plan to stay on top for that long and not get knocked off. Hynix is an exciting company with a track record for quality and a stated belief in innovation. Most importantly, Hynix has been a critical driver in making the DDR4 memory technology a reality. If Hynix hadn’t pushed the DDR4 technology to its limits, we might still be looking at another several years of the DDR3 memory specification.