Samsung and SK Hynix have stated their intention to help its partners release devices running on the new DDR5 memory format as early as they can. At this moment, both companies are aiming for the end of this year. The news comes just after the Solid State Technology Association, or JEDEC, officially announced the existence of LPDDR5.
According to Tom’s Hardware, Samsung will be focusing specifically on its mobile devices – probably its future smartphones – while SK Hynix will develop DDR5 memory specifically for desktops. During its presentation of the memory at the International Solid-State Circuits Conference, SK Hynix reportedly demonstrated a 16GB DDR5 memory module. Operating at 1.1V while outputting up 6.4GB/s of throughput for each pin.
For context, the current DDR4 memory standard operates at an average of 1.35V, and outputs a little more than half of that speed per pin.
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That isn’t to say Samsung’s variant of DDR5 isn’t just as good. At the same event, the company told attendees that its DDR5 memory was based on a 10nm module, draws 1.05V while churning out up to 7.5GB/s per pin.
DDR5 memory is slated to replace the current DDR4 memory format. The memory is obviously faster, more efficient, and offer better performance. As with all things new, however, it’s a given that the new memory format will not be cheap in the initial stages.
(Source: Tom’s Hardware)