A recent report issued by DRAMeXchange confirms that mobile memory accounted for 36 percent of overall DRAM production this year and is likely to surpass 40 percent of production in 2015.
According to Ken Kuo, assistant VP at DRAMeXchange, smartphones became more affordable and packed with features in 2014, prompting consumers in emerging markets to regularly upgrade their handsets.
“As the global smartphone market grows, mobile memory is occupying an increasingly large share of the memory market: 40 percent compared to the 27 percent that standard memory has,” Kuo explained.
“Mobile memory is becoming a mainstream DRAM product.”
The analyst also noted that LPDDR3 will remain the mainstream mobile memory standard in 2015 – accounting for more than 60 percent of production in 2015.
“[Nevertheless], LPDDR4 will be seen in flagship smartphones in 2015. It is superior to LPDDR3 in terms of power saving and speed,” he said. “It is expected to have a 15 percent market share out of total mobile DRAM capacity in third quarter of 2015.”
In addition, Kuo confirmed that DDR4 might very well surpass the 50 percent mark in the server industry by the close of 2015.
“In accordance with JEDEC regulations, DDR4 electricity is only 1.2V and the speed is expected to reach 3200 Mhz,” he continued. “Meanwhile, the price gap between DDR4 and server-based DDR3 is shrinking. DRAMeXchange projects that DDR4 memory will officially become mainstream in the server market as early as the end of 2015.”
Loren Shalinsky, a Strategic Development Director at Rambus, said the DRAMeXchange report confirms that markets continue to covet the latest memory technologies to facilitate both higher performance and lower power consumption.
“As the price gap shrinks, new memory technologies will be enabled in high-end products during 2015 – ultimately supplanting existing technologies over the next few years,” he concluded.