Frequently Asked Questions
DDR4 chips are expected to support transfer rates between 2133 MT/s (million transfers per second) and 4266 MT/s. By comparison, DDR3 technology supports only up to 800 to 2133 MT/s. This significant memory transfer boost will enable hardware developers to produce DDR4 chips with more powerful processors and more capable devices. This new memory also uses less power -- 1.2 Volts compared to 1.65 Volts of DDR3 chips. This reduced power consumption should lead to better battery life in portable devices such as phones and tablets. DDR4 doesn’t fundamentally change the way memory operates, but it features a new command signal to indicate the active command. The /ACT command consolidates the previous process, which demanded three separate commands when an active command is in use.
Major technology manufacturers have already started integrating DDR4 chips into their lines of products. AMD has been sampling DDR4 in its latest chip sets. Intel also announced that it would use DDR4 technology in an upcoming computing product. Consumers may not celebrate this significant advance in memory technology, but they will appreciate the performance it provides and new features it enables. Under-the-hood technology is the engine that drives computers, and DDR4 is compact piece of muscle.
This cutting-edge memory is the foundation for the next-generation of devices. DDR4 enables developers to add more powerful processors to their hardware. For consumers, that means advanced computing capabilities on all platforms, whether it’s a smartphone, tablet or desktop computer. DDR4 also will enable hardware manufacturers to boost the battery life on their mobile devices, a major concern for millions of smartphone users. Consumers might not celebrate this internal hardware development, but we rely on it to run the systems and applications we love.
DDR4 generates speeds between 2133 and 4266 MT/s (million transfers per second). Compare that to DDR3’s speeds from 800 to 2133 MT/s and DDR2’s speeds from 400 to 1066 MT/s, and it’s easy to see how far memory technology has come. Dynamic RAM has also become more efficient over the years. DDR2 operated on 1.8 volts. DDR3 lowered that 1.5 Volts, and now, DDR4 operates on as few as 1.05 Volts. Consumers will notice this change in the form of increased battery life for laptops, tablets and smartphones. Major hardware makers have started integrating DDR4 memory into their 2014 devices. Users may not recognize why, but they’ll experience a performance boost in 2014 due in large part to this internal advancement.
Consumers can expect DDR4 to slowly make its way into their devices in 2014. Desktop and mobile devices are set to hit store shelves in the next year will be powered by this increased type of memory. Two major manufacturers that provide memory chips to a number of prominent computer makers are getting on board with DDR4, so consumers should see DDR4 technology in action sometime in the second half of 2014. In practice, this dynamic RAM update will enable more advanced features. Developers also will be able to include functions and features that, until now, technology had been holding back. Consumers often celebrate voice control, touch capabilities and high-resolution pictures, but dynamic RAM technology enables those advancements. DDR4 is the foundation for future computing breakthroughs.