I’m always looking for ways to use memory to help Samsung’s partners significantly improve the performance of their servers while reduce power consumption. Because the two are often independent of one another, it’s a big deal when there is an opportunity to attain high levels of both at the same time. That’s why I’m excited to see the next generation of DDR memory – DDR4 – coming close to ratification at JEDEC.
Building upon the memory efficiency our Green DDR3 delivers, DDR4 is expected to set a new bar for performance and power efficiency, taking both to the next level and making it the perfect memory for servers.
So, why exactly is DDR4 better than DDR3? DDR4 provides:
- Up to 40% reduction in power consumption
- More than 50% increase in performance over DDR3
I’m happy to say that once launched, Samsung high density DDR4 modules will have a performance ceiling of up to 3.2Gbps, compared with 2.1Gbps for DDR3. We just announced earlier this month that we are sampling a 16GB DDR4 RDIMM optimized for servers , so we’re well on the way to ushering in the low-power, high-performance DDR4 era.
On July 3, 2012, Samsung announced that it is sampling the industry’s first 16-gigabyte server modules based on DDR4 memory technology)
I firmly believe that DDR4’s high performance will not only provide the power today’s servers and data centers demand, but will drive sharp reductions in cooling and space costs, as well. This will represent a major advancement of Samsung’s Green initiative with greater performance per watt.
DDR4 offers significant advantages to the end users of servers, particularly in HPC, financial systems markets and highly virtualized environments. What do you think are other applications of this bellwether DDR4 advancement? We would love to hear your thoughts in the comments section below. And be sure to check back soon for more details on Samsung’s path to DDR4.