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DDR4 memory may not find way into PCs, tablets until 2015

Lucas Mearian | Nov. 21, 2013
Analysts expect high-end servers to include DDR4 technology by the second half of 2014

In 2015, DDR4 will represent 9% of DRAM bit share, Rau said. DDR4 technology shipments aren't expected to pass DDR3 until 2016.

DDR4 supports lower voltage, higher throughput, and higher capacity than DDR3.

The benefits of DDR4 will first be seen in the data center because server users place a higher value on power efficiency, performance and capacity, and because such computers have more room in their bill-of-materials to accommodate a memory premium.

Meanwhile, Crucial Technology joined the ranks of major memory makers supporting DDR4 memory last week when it announced it will ship the technology by the end of 2013. Crucial is owned by Micron, which had previously announced DDR4 production.

The Micron DDR4 DRAM modules and Crucial DDR4 DRAM modules will both use the same technology. The differences between the branded products are their target customers -- Micron sells to system makers and Crucial to channel partners and consumers.

In a vivid set of graphics, Crucial listed all of the benefits of upgrading to its DDR4 memory upgrade. They include using up to 20% less voltage than DDR3 memory (meaning longer battery life), performance at twice the speed with 2133MHz and a volatile data storage capacity of 8GB to 16GB.

"Higher density modules will allow for greater RAM capacity, which will pave the way for next-gen performance," Crucial stated on its promotional website.

Crucial's DDR4 memory will also have a 2.1GHz processor for faster application load times.

The benefits of DDR4 memory


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