It looks like the future of DRAM (dynamic random access memory) is looking bright. Reports are coming in regarding the existence of a new and improved DRAM called DDR5, which would succeed DDR4 once it’s released.
According to sources, the research and development stage of the upcoming DRAM is currently underway and final specifications of the memory standard would be announced towards the end of this year. That said, consumers would only be able to see DDR5 memory being used in PCs and laptops by year 2020.
Improvements that come with DDR5 include a higher memory ceiling (currently at 128GB), better power consumption, and of course, faster memory speeds. According to Mike Howard, director of DRAM and Memory at IHS, future PCs would need to have faster RAMs for tasks such as virtual reality, something that DDR4 may not be able to provide once VR becomes even more advanced than it is today.
Howard went on to mention that companies engaging in the enterprise market which utilise large scale servers would be the first ones to receive the DDR5 memory modules. Consumer-grade DDR5 RAMs would only be released for desktops and laptops 12 to 18 months later. Nonetheless, it would be interesting to see how big of a difference in performance would DDR5 bring in the future.