Earlier this year, we learned that a large chunk of DDR5 memory production is already in the making, with Samsung, SK Hynix and Micron announcing their DDR5 plans this year. All these speculations point to the premiere in 2021 and to our surprise one of the module manufacturers is leading the charge. TeamGroup today makes an official statement in which it reveals its plans to introduce the ELITE line of products, starting with the DDR5-4800 modules and ending with the DDR5-5200.
As official DDR5 specifications were published by JEDEC, the initial standards range from DDR5-3200 all the way to DDR5-6400, and future standards include DDR5-8400. However, full specifications have not been released. In October, we analyzed information about DDR5 during and lags, and we also saw SK Hynix’s announcement about its DDR5-4800 memory.
TeamGroup is a module maker and has signaled its intention to produce its first DDR5 as part of the popular ELITE series. The TeamGroup ELITE DDR5 series will first be available in 16 GB DDR5-4800 modules, with an operating voltage of 1.1V, which is down from 1.2V compared to previous generations. TeamGroup says this is up to a 1.6x increase over the current memory (4800/3000 = 1.6), reducing power consumption by 10%. However, it does not specify which DDR5 chip it will use, although that will likely be revealed at a later date.
As we know from the official DDR5 specifications, each module will contain a built-in ECC function to ensure data consistency between cells (the ECC function for the entire module is still optional). There are also two channels on each DDR5 memory card. This is similar to LPDDR4 and GDDR6, with the option of DDR5 for two independent 40-bit channels per module. These will still be based on the 288 pin design as DDR4, but will feature different pinouts and notches / keying.
TeamGroup appears to be in full control of the expected launch of DDR5, which they say is likely to come in Q3 2021. It hasn’t provided details on the ELITE DDR5 series, but from now to Q3 next year and we expect that we will hear much more in the next few months. The fact that ELITE is a consumer brand suggests TeamGroup knows we will see a consumer grade CPU with DDR4 at this time, but the ELITE is also an entry-level bare PCB variant that may be more focused on core enterprise models.