iSuppli: DDR3 to account for over half of DRAM shipments by Q2 2010

By on November 20, 2009, 5:07 PM
The shift from DDR2 to DDR3 has been long underway, and research group iSuppli believes the transition will reach a critical point in the second quarter of next year. The outfit predicts DDR3 shipments will rise to account for over half of the global DRAM market by spring 2010, leaving DDR2 behind for the first time.

According to iSuppli, DDR3's share of the DRAM market (in terms of gigabit-equivalent shipments) will grow to 50.9% in the second quarter of 2010, up from a meager 14.2% in 2009 and 1% in 2008. By the end of next year, DDR3 is expected to account for 72% of shipments. The firm provided various contributing reasons for the acceleration away from DDR2.

For starters, Intel's latest CPU architecture, Nehalem, features an on-chip memory controller that only supports DDR3 RAM. As PC manufacturers gravitate toward Intel's new processor line, they must also employ DDR3 memory. It's also worth noting that DDR3 prices have fallen drastically, recently dipping below DDR2 -- not to mention that DDR3 is faster and more energy efficient.




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red1776 red1776, Omnipotent Ruler of the Universe, said:

would be a good idea to get it now, this is the reason for the upcoming shortages/price hikes coming.

Puiu Puiu said:

With so many PC's now supporting DDR3 it was about time we saw an increase in sales. My next computer will have DDR3.

Vicenarian said:

Interesting though...I remember reading an article a while back where they did some benchmarks between different speeds of DDR2 memory, using games, real life applications, etc. and found that there wasn't a huge amount of performance gain between the slowest DDR2 and the fastest "gamer grade" DDR2. I could be wrong, I'm just quoting what I remember from the article. But yeah, I mean, sure DDR3 is faster, but is it really going to make that much of a difference when it comes to real life applications?

Disclaimer: I don't actually own a computer with DDR3 yet...

Nirkon said:

RAM is still pretty expensive where I live... and now DDR2 is even more expensive than 3!

why is that a problem? because a DDR3 M/B costs twice as much as a DDR2...

so you end up losing money anyway

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