PC DRAM Consumption Now Less Than Phones & Tablets
By Will765 On 17 Sep, 2012 At 12:35 PM | Categorized As News | With 0 Comments

For the last 30 years, PCs have been the main drivers of the DRAM market. Obviously, there wasn’t much competition  until the rise of smartphones and tablets. Now, however, the tide has turned.  Manufacturers are looking to make as many devices as possible “smart”.  This involves not only some type of central processor, but also memory, aka DRAM.

iSuppli last week released data showing that PCs used 49% of all DRAM chips made in the second quarter of 2012, while other devices utilized 51%.  PC sales have been exceedingly slow for several years now, and the rise of more powerful smartphones, as well as tablets, hasn’t helped.   As more devices become connected-TVs, refrigerators, electric system monitors, lighting, etc.-the percentage of PC DRAM usage will continue to drop.

The effect of this shift to more mobile, as well as diversified devices, using the bulk of DRAM, will  result in the development of less power hungry, more versatile memory.  Typically there are several rows of large memory modules installed to a PC motherboard.  Users can change or add memory as they desire.  In mobile devices, as well as many other smart electronics, the memory is installed at the factory, and cannot be changed.  However, it’s form factor is much smaller than a PC’s, and much less power-intensive.  The manufacturers will necessarily have to shift their focus to the more dominant product, which will be the smaller DRAM seen in phones and tablets.

Altogether, this will have several predictable results.  Memory for the mobile market will become cheaper and faster, due to increasing needs of the various devices, as well as the larger market.  Unfortunately for PCs, with lessening demand will come less choices, and possibly higher prices, in the long run.   What makes this shift more unusual is that the mobile devices typically have no more than 1GB DRAM, while PCs often have at least 4GB, and as much as 32GB.  Also, with mobile demand being so high, it is a sign of how many more devices are using the newer, smaller memory modules.


About - Bill Anderson posts under the clever alias will765. Gets to work from a home office for a piano moving company, in glorious Lake Hopatcong, NJ. Pretty new to android, but love technology and have been building my own(and friends)pc's for about 15 years

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