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DRAM market to grow 11% in 2011, DDR3 to remain dominant

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The market for dynamic random access memory (DRAM) modules is headed for another year of double digit growth in 2011 according to a new IHS iSuppli report.

The market research firm says shipments of DRAM modules will reach 812.7million units in 2011, up from 733.2million in 2010. Among all channels, DDR3 is expected to remain the dominant technology. "With the worst of the recession behind, DRAM module makers have played their hand expertly during the strengthening global economic recovery, coinciding with strong DRAM chip and module prices," said analyst Clifford Leimbach. "Despite continual shocks throughout many industries last year, DRAM module shipments have not stopped growing. In particular, consumers are becoming more comfortable in replacing old pcs or upgrading current models, prompting growth of the DRAM module market." Leimbach maintained that while the older and slower DDR2 ruled the module landscape from 2006 to 2009, DDR3 is likely to remain at the top for a longer period of time. He predicts that the next generation DDR4 will become the major DRAM module density in the second quarter of 2015.