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Brian Drake on Why Micron DDR5 DRAM Is More Than a Leap in Raw Bandwidth

By Rebecca Lewington - 2021-05-18

The IT industry is gearing up to make the transition to a new mainstream memory standard, DDR5, which is replacing — you guessed it — DDR4.

The question is, why? What was wrong with DDR4? You may have heard that DDR5 is the first generation specifically designed to address the needs of data centers. What does that mean?

I asked Brian Drake, who’s focused on enabling DDR5 solutions for our hyperscale customers, to help me look under the hood and understand why DDR5 is much more than “just” a leap in raw bandwidth enabled by running the memory bus at a higher clock speed.

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Rebecca Lewington

Rebecca Lewington

Technology Evangelist, Global Corporate Marketing and Corporate Communications
Rebecca is responsible for telling Micron’s technology story to show how fractally innovative our people are and how we’re enabling the world to harness data to accelerate exploration and discovery. Based in California, she holds a master’s degree in engineering from the University of London and has been granted 15 patents in the field of semiconductor plasma etch manufacturing systems.