Tablet shipments are expected to grow approximately 24% in the third quarter and then 55% by the fourth quarter. Laptop shipments on the other hand are expected to increase 9% and 12% in the same period.
As a result of this increase in the share of tablets in the market, the DRAM market too is affected. Manufacturers are loading more DRAM bits into the devices. The new iPad has double the memory of the iPad 2 (1GB compared to 512MB of its predecessor). This puts it in line with direct competitors like the Samsung Galaxy Tab that also contains 1GB of DRAM.
There is an integral difference in DRAM loading for tablets, because its use is more diverse than in smartphones, especially in NAND flash loading. This variation is due to the reason that some manufacturers are looking to make tablets that are as powerful as laptops, but others are looking for less powerful alternatives. This makes tablets more flexible as far as DRAM loading is concerned.
The trend for DRAM in tablets is forecasted to increase at a rate of nearly9% by 2016. It is also expected that DRAM loading on tablets could effectively reach 2GB by 2015.