JEDEC, the organization that defines and standardizes the computer memory standards, has announced that the next generation of RAM, DDR5 will have the double speed of current DDR4 RAM. DDR4 was finalized in 2012 but was not released and available in the market until 2015.
DDR4 was an incredible advancement with lower voltage requirement and higher module density compared to its predecessors. With high transfer rates, the DDR4 theoretically allowed 512 GiB in capacity. Now, according to the announcement, DDR5 is going to be even better than this!
Joint Electron Device Engineering Council (JEDEC) has announced that it will finalize the DDR5 standard as early as in 2018. It was revealed that DDR5 will “double the bandwidth and density over DDR4”. And not only this, it will come with much better power efficiency compared to its predecessor.
In addition to these advancements, it will have a more user-friendly interface and will allow better power management. Mian Quddus, the chairman of the JEDEC board of directors explained the need for this next generation of RAM, “Increasing server performance requirements are driving the need for more advanced technologies, and the standardization of next-generation memory such as the new memory standard and the new generation persistent modules NVDIMM-P will be essential to fulfilling those needs”.
Just like DDR4, even though the standard will be finalized next year but DDR5 will not be available in the market or ready for manufacturing before 2020. The reason behind the delay is that the processors and SoCs are not manufactured to support that kind of technology.
It is required to update the system in order to support the new memory standard. However, it is expected that this time it would not take that long. Hopefully, gaming lovers, who require a large amount of memory, can get their hands on new RAM before the decade ends.