While it might not be the sexiest part of a PC build, memory is an essential component that you can’t ignore.

While DDR4 has been the hotness since 2014, the time has come for the next step up with DDR5.

To that end SK hynix has announced the it is ready to start providing its customers with DDR5 memory.

While we’re sure DDR5 will ultimately reach the consumer, this particular iteration is optimised for use in big data, artificial intelligence, machine learning and data center applications.

“As SK hynix has launched World’s First DDR5 DRAM, the Company could lead the future technology trend in global DRAM market,” said executive vice president and chief marketing officer at SK hynix, Jonghoon Oh.

“SK hynix will focus on the fast-growing premium server market, solidifying its position as a leading company in server DRAM,” Oh added.

According to the manufacturer, DDR5 will support transfer rates of 4 800 ~ 5 600Mbps which is 1.8 times faster than DDR4. The new memory standard also boasts an operating voltage of 1.1V which is 0.1V less than DDR4. Still, for energy efficiency this is good particularly in server applications.

SK hynix goes on to say that its DDR5 chips will house Error Correcting Code on the chip capable of correcting 1-bit-level errors by itself.

As for capacity, SK hynix says it could offer modules with up to 256GB of capacity. The modules pictured above are 32GB and 64GB sticks.

DDR5 is expected to become increasingly popular over the next year which begs the question – when will we see it at a consumer level?

Within SK hynix’s release there was something of a clue.

“Intel partnered closely with memory leaders including SK hynix on the DDR5 spec development starting with early architecture concepts through JEDEC standardization,” vice president of Intel’s data platforms group, Carolyn Duran said.

“In addition, we worked collaboratively with SK hynix on silicon development by designing and testing prototypes to ensure DDR5 meets its performance goals and are fully ready for our mutual customers,” Duran added.

With Intel set to unveil new Rocket Lake CPUs soon and AMD revealing new Zen 3 products today, could we see support for DDR5 soon?

We think it’s unlikely at least at a consumer level given Oh’s instances that SK hynix’s focus is on the premium server market.

[Source – SK hynix]
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