According to JEDEC Solid State Technology Association, the global leader in the development of standards for the microelectronics industry, announced on MARCH 30, 2017 that the new DDR5(Double Data Rate 5) and NVDIMM-P Design standards is now undergoing processing and will be released in 2018. For those industry users, they can get access to both new standards at JEDEC’s Server Forum event in Santa Clara, CA on Monday, June 19, 2017.  If you are interested in this, you can learn more information and register in the JEDEC website.


As the web said, the new JEDEC DDR5 memory will provide users with more powerful performance, which offers greater power efficiency comparing to last generation DRAM technologies. The new standard DRAM, named DDR5 will be double its bandwidth and density of DDR4, delivering improved channel efficiency. What is more, DDR5 will also equipped with a more user-friendly interface for both server and client platforms. The update will surely enhance the performance of the Mac.


As systems become more complicated, the demand for DRAM capacity and bandwidth grows rapidly. Taking JEDEC NVDIMM-P as an example, Hybrid DIMM technologies will enable new memory solutions optimized for cost, power usage and performance. Along with the existing NVDIMM-N JEDEC standards, NVDIMM-P will stand on a higher level of capacity persistent memory module.


It may be a long way for DDR5 RAM to go mainstream. When the standard of DDR4 RAM published, it took years for us to witness the launch of computers with DDR4 RAM. Let us have a look at Apple, no Mac yet has adopted DDR4 RAM.


8/16/32GB of 1867MHz LPDDR3 RAM

MacBook Pro

8/16GB of 1866/2133MHz LPDDR3 RAM


8GB of 1866MHz LPDDR3 RAM

MacBook Air

8GB of 1600MHz LPDDR3 RAM

Mac mini

4/8GB of 1600MHz LPDDR3 RAM

mac pro

12/16GB of 1866MHz DDR3 ECC RAM

The new 2016 MacBook Pro of Apple doesn’t support DDR4 RAM. According to the marketing chief of Apple, Phil Schiller once relied to Ben Slaney, a software developer that  the reason why DDR4 RAM is not added:


The MacBook Pro uses 16GB of very fast LPDDR memory, up to 2133MHz. To support 32GB of memory would require using DDR memory that is not low power and also require a different design of the logic board which might reduce space for batteries. Both factors would reduce battery life.


There is no doubt that new standard will bring us new product with improved performance. Since the new standard is not yet finished, we still wonder when Apple will utilize DDR4 RAM in its computer product line.