Micron has officially begun testing its DDR5 Registered DIMMs, with the company promising a significant boost in performance when compared to DDR4. In fact, Micron estimates that servers will benefit from an 85% increase in memory performance when compared with DDR4.
There are several advantages to DDR5, with performance only one factor. The other is the fact that DDR5 promises a boost in reliability, as well as a reduction in energy usage. This is especially useful as data centres become more conscious about the energy they’re consuming, as well as the reliability of their equipment as we push hardware to the very limits with AI applications.
“Data centre workloads will be increasingly challenged to extract value from the accelerating growth of data across virtually all applications,” said Tom Eby, senior vice president and general manager of the Compute & Networking Business Unit at Micron.
“The key to enabling these workloads is higher-performance, denser, higher-quality memory. Micron’s sampling of DDR5 RDIMMs represents a significant milestone, bringing the industry one step closer to unlocking the value in next-generation data-centric applications.”
Micron’s DDR5 RDIMM are based on its 1znm process technology, and while the company doesn’t note exactly which server partners it’s trialling the technology with, it’s a positive sign that it could be right around the corner.