Hynix Ready to Start Production DDR5 RAM

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Hynix is a memory module manufacturer has announced that they are going to start DDR5 memory chips and this memory module uses 10-nm technology as in DDR4 DRAM memory used.

Hynix Ready to Start Production DDR5 RAM

Reports are saying DDR5 memory RAM module consumes less power than DDR4 memory. Voltage is decreased from 1.2V to 1.1V and data transfer rate of 5200Mbps per line that means this 60% more powerful.

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DDR5 should be more power-efficient than DDR4, thanks to at least some voltage improvements. Hynix is advertising a 9 percent decrease in core voltage on their 1Ynm process and claims that their chip meets all JEDEC specifications. Since the DDR5 spec hasn’t actually been published yet we don’t know if this voltage decrease is typical for the class, but either way, it’ll yield at least some improvements in power efficiency. The chips aren’t set to be commercialized until 2020, and we probably won’t see instant adoption from Intel or AMD — AMD has promised to support current AM4 sockets through Zen 3, which means either they make a clean break with the old platform with Zen 4 in 2021 or support two different memory standards on the same silicon. AMD has gone both of these routes in the past, so we’ll have to wait and see what the company opts to do this time.

Intel has not commented on when it will introduce DDR5, but it’s not unusual for it to take several years between early memory standard demonstration and full commercialization. As is typical, we’d expect DDR5 to start off at a cost premium relative to DDR4 before crossing over with the older standard and eventually becoming less expensive.

One thing to always keep in mind is that latency doesn’t improve nearly as quickly as bandwidth. In fact, DRAM latencies don’t necessarily come down at all unless you overclock or pay for top-quality RAM. Even as clock speed increases, latency timing keeps pace, which is why you don’t see DDR4-3200 being sold at the 2-2-2-5 timings that typified really good DDR-400. RAM timings tend to impact the performance of AMD systems a bit more than Intel rigs, but in both cases, the adoption of integrated memory controllers and large on-die caches has ameliorated the impact of using slower RAM.

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