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Cloud computing to drive memory IC market

Posted: 06 Aug 2012     Print Version  Bookmark and Share

Keywords:Cloud computing  data centre  memory IC 

GBI Research forecasts a 6.3 per cent CAGR for global memory ICs during 2012-2016 to reach sales revenue of Rs.4.64 lakh crore ($85 billion) from just over Rs.3.39 lakh crore ($62 billion) in 2011.

The memory IC market was damaged by the global economic crisis, but the growing demand for memory dependent devices by data centres and the advent of cloud computing will drive the market, according to GBI Research.

According to the company's latest report, the increased adoption of cloud computing services among various enterprises and customers is leading to the design and development of memory ICs suitable for shared servers and storage devices.

In-memory cloud computing offers large amounts of memory storage through a new storage tier, and is currently in high demand, with applications such as Apple's iCloud leading the way. Continuing developments will increase the market of memory ICs, which will in turn help cloud computing infrastructure and data centres to deal with issues related to storage and reliability.

The main challenge of such cloud computing infrastructure services is to maintain high system performance at low infrastructure costs, even when data size grows continuously. Advances in flash memory, specifically NAND flash, are of key importance as higher density types enable more applications per server.

Dynamic random-access memory (DRAM) is also a key memory component in large-scale computer structures. Samsung's green DDR3 DRAM is currently impressing tech-heads around the world with its high density, low power and fast speed, making it ideal for the demands of cloud computing. Its energy efficiency has also earned it a place in the recently unveiled SuperMUC in the Leibniz Supercomputing Centre, Garching, Germany.

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