DDR5 memory is coming, and it is fast
Gentlemen, start your RAM timings.
JEDEC, the leader in memory and other microelectronics standards, announced that development of DDR5 memory is “moving forward rapidly.” The new standard promises to bring “double the bandwidth and density over DDR4” and will provide “improved channel efficiency.” This essentially boils down to RAM that could deliver speeds that are twice as fast as current memory modules under the DDR4 standard.
The organization expects publications to be finalized in 2018, which means that manufacturers will finally be able to see the specs and requirements of the new standard. Don’t expect to see DDR5 on store shelves next year, though; DDR4 publications were finalized in 2012 and we didn’t see systems with that standard until 2015.
JEDEC also announced that work on the new NVDIMM-P standards is progressing well. NVDIMM-P “will be a new high capacity persistent memory module for computing systems.” This new standard should bring DIMMs that are more power efficient and can be “optimized for cost, power usage, and performance.”
JEDEC will be hosting a Server Forum event in Santa Clara, CA on June 19 this year where they will release more details about both standards.