DDR4 memory, the latest generation of DRAM, will revolutionize computer – again.
The dawn of DDR4 memory is approaching. Intel (INTC) just announced an 8-core Haswell refresh, which supports DDR4. With DDR4 set to become the next standard, there are many players that will benefit.
Intel embraces DDR4 standard
Intel’s next Haswell chip will target power users. The i7 Extreme Edition CPU will have a whopping 8 unlocked cores and 16 threads. It will also support DDR4. DDR4 is superior to DDR3, mainly due to lower power draw and faster data transfer speeds. Code named “Devil’s Canyon,” the chip could be characterized by enthusiasts to be an extreme edition to the Haswell line-up.
Micron to benefit
Micron (MU) announced fully functional DDR4 DRAM back in 2012, but this memory will not be mainstream without Intel’s support. Micron showed off DDR4 for servicers and high-end computers at the Consumer Electronics Show this year. DDR4 on the desktop is targeted for release later this year.
DDR4 in AMD APU
Support for DDR4 is supposed to be in Advanced Micro Devices’s (AMD) next-generation APU. Code-named Carrizo, the chip will be the successor to Kaveri. Carrizo is set to be released in 2015. To boost backwards compatibility and to support upgrade enthusiasts more broadly, AMD might support both DDR3 and DDR4 memory. If that’s the case, users upgrading to Kaveri’s architecture have an upgrade path to Carrizo.
Disclosure: Author has a long position in AMD shares.
Written by Chris Lau.
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1. Intel Corporation (INTC, Earnings, Analysts, Financials): Engages in the design, manufacture, and sale of integrated circuits for computing and communications industries worldwide. Market cap at $122.48B, most recent closing price at $24.63.
2. Micron Technology Inc. (MU, Earnings, Analysts, Financials): Engages in the manufacture and marketing of semiconductor devices worldwide. Market cap at $25.89B, most recent closing price at $24.75.
3. Advanced Micro Devices, Inc. (AMD, Earnings, Analysts, Financials): Operates as a semiconductor company in the United States, Japan, China, and Europe. Market cap at $2.82B, most recent closing price at $3.71.
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