Mobile devices to consume more DRAM than traditional PCs
For a generation now, the PC and DRAM industries have been tied together as tightly as the automotive and crude oil businesses. However, in a telling sign of the arrival of the post-PC era, mobile platforms for cellphones as well as media and PC-type tablets are on the verge of overtaking traditional desktops, notebooks and servers as the biggest consumer of DRAM, according to a report from information and analytics provider IHS, El Segundo CA.
In 2015, the mobile devices will use $11.6-billion worth of dynamic random access memory (DRAM), IHS says. Such a level compares to $9.9-billion for conventional PCs, as presented in the attached figure. In all, this will mark the first time ever that the mobile platforms have accounted for the majority of DRAM consumption—and the first time since the 1980s that traditional PCs haven’t led in the area