Friday, 31 March 2017

We have not yet become accustomed to the DDR4 memories, and soon we will have the DDR5

We have not yet become accustomed to the DDR4 memories, and soon we will have the DDR5

The memory modules we use in our PCs and laptops have not changed as much as expected after the introduction of the DDR4 specification, and in fact many computers continue to make use of the DDR3 modules because differences in price do not usually justify performance improvements Between both types of memories.

That's what makes even stranger the fact that the DDR5 memories are close to arrive. The specification is under development and will be finalized in 2018, and the first modules could arrive in 2020. What will be its advantages?

More dense, faster and more efficient
One of the most important will be the storage density, which will double that of the DDR4 modules. That will allow our computers to make a significant quantitative leap in available RAM, an important aspect since the standard amount of RAM in laptops and desks has hardly changed despite market developments in other areas.

The advantages will also be noticeable in the transfer speeds, which will be twice that of the DDR4 modules, and in efficiency, which will make these modules consume less energy. In fact, it is likely that this specification will also appear on smartphones and tablets, where LPDDR3 and LPDDR4 modules are now being used.

There are some potential hurdles if DDR5 wants to prevail in the market: Intel will introduce next- generation DIMM modules with Optane technology - that might be interesting, not like the arguable current solutions - but we also have technologies like HBM2 and GDDR5X used in cards Graphics that could also attack the RAM segment. We will see how the market is progressing, but it is good to see that improvements are still sought in this type of components.

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