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DDR3 to DDR4

DDR4 – Advantages of Migrating from DDR3

DDR4 is the next evolution in DRAM, bringing even higher performance and more robust control features while improving energy economy for enterprise, micro-server, tablet, and ultrathin client applications. The following table compares some of the key feature differences between DDR3 and DDR4.

Feature/Option DDR3 DDR4 DDR4 Advantage
Voltage (core and I/O) 1.5V 1.2V Reduces memory power demand
VREF inputs 2 – DQs and CMD/ADDR 1 – CMD/ADDR VREFDQ now internal
Low voltage standard Yes
(DDR3L at 1.35V)
No Memory power reductions
Data rate (Mb/s) 800, 1066, 1333, 1600, 1866, 2133 1600, 1866, 2133, 2400, 2666, 3200 Migration to higher‐speed I/O
Densities 512Mb–8Gb 2Gb–16Gb Better enablement for large-capacity memory subsystems
Internal banks 8 16 More banks
Bank groups (BG) 0 4 Faster burst accesses
tCK – DLL enabled 300 MHz to 800 MHz 667 MHz to 1.6 GHz Higher data rates
tCK – DLL disabled 10 MHz to 125 MHz (optional) Undefined to 125 MHz DLL-off now fully supported
Read latency AL + CL AL + CL Expanded values
Write latency AL + CWL AL + CWL Expanded values
DQ driver (ALT) 40Ω 48Ω Optimized for PtP (point-to-point) applications
DQ bus SSTL15 POD12 Mitigate I/O noise and power
RTT values (in Ω) 120, 60, 40, 30, 20 240, 120, 80, 60, 48, 40, 34 Support higher data rates
RTT not allowed READ bursts Disables during READ bursts Ease-of-use
ODT modes Nominal, dynamic Nominal, dynamic, park Additional control mode; supports OTF value change
ODT control ODT signaling required ODT signaling not required Ease of ODT control, allows non-ODT routing on PtP applications
Multipurpose register (MPR) Four registers – 1 defined, 3 RFU Four registers – 3 defined, 1 RFU Provides additional specialty readout