Cash price of memory chips has reached a new low – 4-Gbit DDR3 chip can be purchased for $ 1.75. Release of the new operating system Microsoft Windows 8 does not seem to contribute to the growth in demand for memory.
Usually release a new Windows operating systems traditionally increased the demand for memory up to double digits. The reason is that Windows 8 will not require more RAM (according to Microsoft, the requirements are even lower), but the fact of the transition to a new OS is unlikely to convince people of the need to increase the amount of RAM.
The world’s supply of DRAM will increase by only 8% in the last quarter compared with the third. These figures already include the demand from smartphones and tablets, which require more memory. Demand will be located at approximately the same level as in the same period of 2011.
Windows 8 in this sense is already a big disappointment for the hardware industry. The way Windows 3.1 increased the demand for DRAM by 29%, Windows 95 – by 23%, Windows 98 – 40%, Windows 2000 – an impressive 49%, Windows XP – by 41%, and Windows Vista – 26 %. The appearance of Windows 7 has raised the demand for memory by 18%, and Windows 8 promises to increase now only 8%, and even this may be optimistic. In other words, the demand for more memory does not depend on Windows – it is dictated by tablets and smartphones.