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Crucial's Next Step: DDR4 Testing Program to Begin

By - Source: Toms IT Pro

DDR4 memory is gearing up for widespread use with the help of companies like Samsung. The new memory technology will be packed in PCs and servers by the end of the year, offering faster and more energy efficient functionality. Crucial is looking to play a big role in wide implementation of DDR4, and recently introduced a testing program for select channel partners developing DDR4 compatible platforms, following the announced DDR4 ramp-up by its parent company, Micron.

"Memory is one of the biggest limitations when it comes to enterprise server environments. Many memory-dependent server applications are crucial to the day-to-day operations of a busines, but they require higher densities of memory and increased performance," according to Michael Moreland, worldwide product marketing manager at Crucial.

The program, part of Crucial's Technology Enablement Program, gives developers a bit of a head start in developing technology around DDR4 memory. Crucial is giving participants access to a select number of Crucial DDR4 server memory modules as well as keeping the developers up to date on the company's DDR4-related news.

With its DDR4 technology, Crucial is targeting data intensive applications on servers, workstations and high-end desktops, all requiring proper compatibility, of course. DDR4 memory modules being tested include both UDIMMs and RDIMMs and are being designed around the Intel Xeon E5-2600 v3 processor family.

In terms of specs, DDR4 promises better server performance with faster data processing and greater memory capacity. Crucial states its DDR4 memory can run at 17GB/second speed vs DDR3's speed of 8.5GB/sec, as well as reducing power use expenses. The company is also claiming a 40 percent total energy use reduction. DDR4 runs on 1.2V versus standard DDR3 that requires 1.5V, which can really add up in an enterprise-class operation.

"Crucial DDR4 memory enables servers to perform faster and run more efficiently than ever before, reducing power and cooling expenses along the way­ -- essential for meeting the ever-increasing workload demands of data centers," says Moreland. 

There is currently no approved vendor list for compatible motherboards or servers as Crucial is waiting for vendors to begin releasing their DDR4-enabled platforms. For more information on Crucial's Technology Enablement Program and its DDR4 memory modules, visit