Micron Kicks DDR4 Memory Into Production, Support Intel's Upcoming Xeon Processor Launches

Micron Technology, one of the world's largest makers of DRAM and based out of Boise, Idaho, has started mass producing next-generation DDR4 memory that will support server systems based on Intel's upcoming Xeon E5-2600 v3 product family. As time goes on, we'll also see DDR4 memory appear in high-end desktops.

For now, Micron is touting the improved power and performance benefits of DDR4 as being critical to the growing enterprise market. These next-generation modules will deliver a power improvement of up to 35 percent compared to standard DDR3, along with 4Gb-based DDR4 modules running at 2133 megatransfers per second (MT/s). By 2015, Micron hopes to ramp that up to 2400 MT/s.

Micron DDR4 DRAM

"Our JEDEC-compliant portfolio showcases the performance and power benefits that DDR4 products can provide for our customers," said Robert Feurle, Micron's vice president of marketing and program management. "As a result of Micron's close engagement with our key enabling partners, we are well positioned to bring this exciting new technology to market."

DDR4 Modules

The JEDEC-compliant portfolio Micron speaks of includes a variety of memory form factors, including RDIMMs, LRDIMMs, VLP RDIMMS, UDIMMs, and SODIMMs (ECC and non-ECC), as well as x8 and x16 components.

As for desktop users, Micron's Crucial subsidiary has already showed off DDR4 modules for both desktops and laptops. At present, Crucial's DDR4 parts are essentially in a holding pattern as they awaits landing on platforms that will support the new memory standard.