According to SK Hynix, the new memory is optimized to work with large data, AI and machine learning, and the data exchange rate will increase to 4800-5600 Mbps, which is 1.8 times faster than the previous generation – DDR4. South Korean manufacturer is already preparing to launch mass production of modules for the segment of industrial servers, the consumer market DDR5 will appear in two or three years.
SK Hynix representatives promise to bring DDR5 speed of information exchange to a new level. As an example, the company says that to move nine movies weighing about 5 GB will take only one second, and the operating voltage will be 1.1 V, which will reduce power consumption by 20% compared to DDR4. What’s more, each bar will have its own code correction system (EEC) installed, which can even eliminate single-bit errors on its own. Thanks to EEC, the reliability of applications will increase 20 times and the maximum size of RAM modules will be up to 256 GB due to the new through-silicon-via technology.
The main partner of SK Hynix, which participated in the work on DDR5 standards, was the American Intel Corporation. The latter helped to develop the DDR5 specification, starting from early architectural concepts, and worked with JEDEC, the semiconductor engineering standardization committee of the Electronic Industries Alliance.
“We also worked with SK Hynix on the chips, developing and testing prototypes to ensure that the DDR5 meets performance goals and is fully ready for our mutual customers,” adds Caroline Durand, vice president of Intel Data Platforms Group and general manager of memory technology.
As for the “common customers” of SK Hynix and Intel, we’re talking about many electronics manufacturers, but primarily Synopsis, Renesys, Montage and Rambus, which have already signed agreements to deliver next-generation memory modules, reports The Verge.
According to the consulting company Omdia, demand for DDR5 modules will begin to grow in 2021, by 2022 about 10% of the plans will be produced by the new technology, and by 2024 their number will increase to 43%.