Micron Announces its First DDR4 Module, Production in Q4

DDR4 is expected to be shipping in volume in 2014, but Micron believes that it will enter volume production in the fourth quarter of this year and have the chips ready for applications in early 2013.

The modules were developed in collaboration with Nanya and manufactured as a the 4 Gb DDR4 x8 part in a 30 nm process. When in production, Micron says it will be offering RDIMMs, LRDIMMs, 3DS, SODIMMs and UDIMMs in standard and ECC versions. Initial speeds of the devices will reach 2,400 MT/s and eventually hit 3,200 MT/s.

"With the JEDEC definition for DDR4 very near finalization, we've put significant effort into ensuring that our first DDR4 product is as JEDEC-compatible as it can be at this final stage of its development," said Brian Shirley, vice president for Micron's DRAM Solutions Group, in a prepared statement. "We've provided samples to key partners in the market place with confidence that the die we give them now is the same die we will take into mass production."

Micron's roadmap looks especially interesting in the light of its planned acquisition of Elpida Memory, which could boost its DRAM market share to an estimated 25 percent, according to market research firm IHS. The company could grow into a serious competitor for Samsung, which announced the first DDR4 module in January 2011.

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  • vaughn2k
    When Samsung announced the DDR4 launch in 2011, nobody was yet, interested at that time, because the availability of JEDEC standard. Then last month, Samsung was trying to push Intel the release of the DDR4 JEDEC ahead of the 2014 schedule.

    Now Micron is releasing in Q4!

    I love competition, and turning the tides!
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  • CaedenV
    volks1470I could see a benefit for servers, but i can't see a reason to upgrade for the average desktop user. We're definitely entering "good enough" computing for most all components. Semi-Accurate wrote a great article on this subject. Storage still has much more room for improvement!! Talk about a bottleneck...

    no kidding, we have been in the 'good enough' for home users world for ~5 years now. For browsing the internet, email, HD movies, and light gaming all that you need is a core2duo paired with a $30-50 GPU, and an SSD perks them right up to feeling quite modern. I know that I might kick myself for saying this, but for the moment it really is true: "You do not need more than a duel core processor and 4GB of system ram" for modern computing needs (unless doing high end gaming, heavy video editing, 3D design, or other 'cutting edge' uses).

    All the analysts say that the slowdown in PC sales is due to tablets and smartphones, but the reality is that everyone who is interested in PCs already has one, and instead of needing a new PC every 2-3 years to do basic things like web browsing and movie watching, you now only need a new PC every 5-8 years to do those same things. And the reason for this is exactly because the focus is on getting smaller and smaller devices to do these things. So long as software designers are aiming software at mobile platforms, the desktops can stagnate on hardware innovation without any form of recourse (granted we are still seeing major pushes forward by Intel, AMD, and nVidia). But the fact of the matter is that a C2D is more than 'good enough' for todays needs when paired with fast internet, and cheap GPU, and an SSD... all of which are required for a fast home PC on more modern CPUs anyways (wiht the exception of the GPU now with IB chips).

    @ article:
    looks like we will have DDR4 just in time for Haswell :) I hope Intel changes their mind and uses the new Ram instead of holding over on DDR3 like they were originally thinking.
    also; 30nm? Arent most current SSDs down to 20nm? It is not like these are anywhere near as complex as a CPU, I would think they would be at least down to ~20nm or less by now... but maybe I am just being picky
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  • digiex
    This will be the beginning of the end of dirt cheap DDR3 memory.
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  • vaughn2k
    When Samsung announced the DDR4 launch in 2011, nobody was yet, interested at that time, because the availability of JEDEC standard. Then last month, Samsung was trying to push Intel the release of the DDR4 JEDEC ahead of the 2014 schedule.

    Now Micron is releasing in Q4!

    I love competition, and turning the tides!
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  • TheBigTroll
    too bad DDR$ will not work on DDr3 boards
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  • jaquith
    Let the nightmare of incompatibility commence!

    I do look forward to the faster speeds and low voltage
    , I just foresee a boat load of initial problems getting DDR4-2400 and faster sets to work properly.
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