Samsung have announced that they have completed development on their, and the world’s, first DDR4 Memory Module. The chips are manufactured using the 30nm-class process and promise much higher transfer rates at much lower power consumption.

Are you outdated now, DDR3?

The new modules can reportedly transfer data at the rate of upto 2.133Gbps at a voltage setting of 1.2V. The transfer rate apparently goes all the way up to 3.2Gbps on higher voltages. Compare this to the existing DDR3 and DDR2 modules which can transfer upto 1.6Gbps and 800Mbps at 1.3V or 1.5V settings. As a result, power consumption is likely to go down while performance increases. When you take notebooks into account, Samsung claims these modules will lead to a power consumption reduction of about 40% when compared to the 1.5V DDR3 modules.

Dong Soo Jun, president, memory division, Samsung Electronics had this to say. “Samsung has been actively supporting the IT industry with our green memory initiative by coming up with eco-friendly, innovative memory products providing higher performance and power efficiency every year. The new DDR4 DRAM will build even greater confidence in our cutting-edge green memory, particularly when we introduce four-gigabit (Gb) DDR4-based products using next generation process technology for mainstream application.”

This is pretty cool news. While we certainly didn’t expect Samsung to be the name that cropped up first, we’ll take it. They’ve supposedly sent out some modules for testing already, so it’s only a matter of time until we hear more on this front. Stay tuned.

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