Smartphones, Tablets Drive DRAM Market Expansion
The mobile DRAM market is showing strong signs of growth as the format is adopted in smartphones and tablets.The growing market for smartphones and tablets is giving the mobile dynamic RAM market a boost, according to a market brief from IHS iSuppli. With its increasing use in smart mobile devices as manufacturers opt for lower-power memory platforms to power applications, mobile DRAM revenue is on track to reach a record $6.56 billion this year, up 10 percent from $5.98 billion in 2011, the report said. The expansion in mobile DRAM use in various devices is impressive, with smartphone density jumping from 2.28Gbit in the second quarter of 2010 to 5.85Gbit in the second quarter this year. Tablets are driving even greater expansion, with the mobile DRAM average density soaring fourfold during the same period from 2Gbit to 8.33Gbit, according to the reports findings.
The mobile DRAM segment is achieving impressive growth as mobile operating systems, streaming apps and games require more memory to handle sophisticated tasks, Ryan Chien, analyst for memory and storage at IHS, said in a press statement. Crucial features like multitasking, media decoding and decompression, data synchronization and background operations are all driving DRAM needsand new phones and tablets are meeting those needs with their rise in mobile DRAM densities.