Desktop PC’s No Longer Dominate Chip Market
Arik Hesseldahl recently announced the end of the PC era, as memory chips (specifically DRAM) in the marketplace were no longer consumed primarily by traditional personal computer applications like desktops.
And where are all those memory chips going? Tablets and smartphones for starters. IHS says that phones consumed more than 13 percent percent of memory chips manufactured, and it expects that figure to grow to nearly 20 percent by the end of this year. Tablets — including the iPad — consumed only 2.7 percent of the world’s memory chip supply. The remaining 35 percent, which IHS classifies as “other,” includes servers, professional workstations, and presumably specialized applications like supercomputers and embedded systems.
And given their rates of growth, IHS expects phones and tablets combined to consume about 27 percent of the world’s memory by 2013, while by that time PCs will consume less than 43 percent, making the decline, in the firm’s estimation, irreversible.
So there may be a time soon when those beige boxes become as anachronistic as 8-track tapes.