Intel says DDR4 is ramping quickly

This entry was posted on Wednesday, August 24th, 2016.

Last week at IDF 2016, Intel executive Geof Findley presented a comprehensive overview of the memory industry ecosystem. According to Findley, DDR4 is ramping quickly and should hit 31% of shipments during the second quarter of 2016.

With volume shipments kicking off in 2014, almost all servers are now shipping with DDR4, while most PCs will ship with DDR4 by the end of 2016. In addition, says Findley, DDR4 volume and a price crossover should occur in the first half of 2016, with the upcoming 8GB transition tied to DDR4 adoption.


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As Findley notes, the transition to DDR4 is “inevitable,” with the latest iteration of DDR offering lower power versus DDR3 and higher bandwidth headroom. More specifically, DDR4 provides up to 35% power savings compared to DDR3L; up to 100% performance boost in bandwidth in life of [the] product; 2X density; 8Gb over 4Gb and ultimately 16Gb.

As we’ve previously discussed on Rambus Press, server memory buffer chipsets are playing a critical role in high-speed DDR4 designs, as they allow system architects to fully exploit the high-speeds offered by DDR4 – while also enabling capacity designs that current Big Data applications demand.

Real world benefits of DDR4 buffer chips include time savings that can be measured in nanoseconds, as well as optimized signal integrity facilitated by shorter trace lines. Both translate into improved performance for a wide range of time-sensitive applications, including analytics and real-time language translation via Cloud-based services.

This is precisely why Rambus’ DDR4 chipsets for RDIMM and LRDIMM server modules are designed to deliver top-of-the- line performance and capacity needed to meet the growing demands placed on enterprise and data center systems. More specifically, our JEDEC-compliant DDR4 chipsets feature industry-leading I/O performance and margin, while utilizing advanced power management techniques.

Additional key DDR4 server DIMM chipset features include support for DDR4 up to 2666 Mbps, multi-setting frequency-based power optimization, an operating temperature range of -40° C – 125°, full ROHS compliance and improved ESD/EOS beyond JEDEC requirements.

Interested in learning more about Rambus’ server DIMM chipsets? You can check out our official product page here.