Tuesday, May 8, 2012

Is Micron Prepping DDR4 RAM Modules for Late 2012?

Yeah you read the above correctly. It appears that Micron is sending samples to clients to test out the new performance. DDR3 showed massive speed increases but DDR4 plans to wipe the board clean. Micron’s new DDR4 stick is estimating a speed of 3200 MT/s (Up from DDR3’s 1066!). And now using the 30 Nanometer technology rather than DDR3’s 90 Nanometer, the sticks require even less power to operate. Will these beautiful sticks be making their way into your system? We at TheTechTile have a better question: “What’s going to support it when it’s launched?

All potential compatibility problems aside, it is fantastic to see technology improving. Faster Ram access speeds means your computer spends less time waiting for information to process, and more fluent multitasking. Not to mention I’m sure we can all save a few bucks on our electric bill.

1 comment:

  1. LRDIMMs is at end-of-life and DDR4 copying NLST IP

    IBM and the HP Gen8 DL360p and DL380p have support for Netlist (NLST) HyperCloud memory.

    This is the memory DDR4 is going to copy (license).

    LRDIMMs are already copying it - but have implemented it with asymmetrical lines - leading to latency issues - and inability to deliver 1333MHz at 3 DPC.

    With HP Smart Memory HyperCloud - you can get 1333MHz at 3 DPC at 24DIMMs on the 2-processor DL360p and DL380p servers.

    LRDIMM buffer chipsets are only made by Inphi (IDTI and Texas Instruments have delayed and backed off respectively). Inphi was the most aggressive against Netlist (NLST) - however they have recently failed in their challenge of NLST IP in patent reexaminations at the USPTO - NLST IP '537 and '274 have been reaffirmed by the USPTO with ALL claims intact - which reflects poorly on Inphi in NLST vs. Inphi.

    LRDIMMs thus face legal risk (of possible recall ?).

    DDR4 also copies NLST IP - but have chosen to also copy the symmetrical lines and distributed buffer approach.

    JEDEC should eventually license NLST IP for DDR4 prior to finalization.