DDR3 to DDR4 Migrating to the Next-Gen Memory

A WPGA White Paper

Executive Summary

Introduced way back in 2007, DDR3 SDRAM (the third generation of double data rate synchronous DRAM) stayed as the standard commodity DRAM for a long time. However, staggering demands of modern hardware signaled the need for a more advanced memory architecture in terms of capacity, transfer speed, performance scalability, power efficiency, as well as system-level reliability, availability and serviceability (RAS). DDR4, the newest iteration in DRAM, is the answer to the call.

With significant advantages over DDR3, DDR4 SDRAM has emerged as the near-perfect solution to fill the needs of the current and future hardware and software architectures yet its adoption hasn’t been as widespread as it should have been.

This white paper discusses the benefits of DDR4, challenges of transition, and why migrating to this latest standard not only makes sense, but why DDR4 is in the process of becoming a competitive differentiator for the enterprise, micro-server, ultrathin, and tablet markets. As an industry leader in memory technology, Micron has been instrumental in driving DDR4 into the marketplace from the very outset, providing plenty of useful insights into DDR4’s device operation, migration issues, and features that address reliability, speed, power, and stacking capabilities.


  • Floyd GoodrichField Application Engineer

    Floyd Goodrich is a Field Application Engineer and Business Development Manager at WPG Americas, where he works with customers as they use memory and storage products in their system designs. He has held a wide variety of senior customer-facing Marketing and Applications Engineering positions prior to working at WPGA.

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