Almost eleven years after the start of DDR1 and almost six years after the first DDR3 modules, Crucial used the CES 2013 as an the opportunity to announce the fourth generation. The first DDR4 moduels will be manufactured true to Crucial's motto "faster, smaller and more economical". Thanks to the lower standard voltage (1.2 volts) and the 30-nm technology, DDR4 RAM will have a lower power consumption than previous standards. Crucial promises power savings of up to 20 percent. At the same time, this would extend longevity, and data density will be doubled to 8 gigabits. This way, 16-GB modules would be feasible. In the lower performance segment, DDR4 will the same data rates as the fastest DDR3 modules, but depending on the speed of the memory chips, they could be even faster. Crucial specified the intention of doubling the performance, up to 2.1 GHz.
Crucial didn't go into too much detail for their upcoming Ballistix memory modules. The first DDR4 modules will go on sale in late 2013.