Follow the DRAM – Smart Phones v PCs

If people were only using their smart phones for calling or even one thing at a time there would be little need for more RAM but usage is growing 50% per annum as people find smart phones so useful. According to iSuppli,

The average amount of dynamic random access memory (DRAM) in each smartphone shipped worldwide is expected to surge by nearly 50 percent this year, as these advanced cellphones gain greater functionality, according to an IHS iSuppli DRAM Dynamics Market Brief from information and analytics provider IHS (NYSE: IHS).

Average DRAM content in smartphones will expand to 666 megabytes (MB) this year, up from 453MB in 2011 and 202MB in 2010.

see DRAM Content Rises and Becomes More Uniform in Smartphones – The IHS iSuppli®.

Of course, the numbers are held down a bit by the numerous low-end smart phones affordable in every corner of the globe but even folks with money on their third smart phone are doing much more than making calls with their smart phones. Most smart phones have from 512 MB to 1gB RAM these days. My Little Woman is into using the smart phone more than her expensive Canon camera. It’s always handy and handier… She keeps adding apps too. Folks talk about keyboards when they talk about “creating content” but a camera beats a keyboard by miles and only a couple of fingers are needed. People love that. My younger relations all have smart phones and use them for everything from flashlights to servers. It all takes some of that precious RAM to switch contexts rapidly which they do. My son will whip out his smart phone rather than reaching for a keyboard to tweak a server or our multimedia PC. The horror… I can barely see what’s on the screen let alone tap it in the right place with my digital lumps.

The smart thingy industry now consumes more RAM than desktop/notebook personal computers. That should tell everyone, OEMs, retailers, consumers, and organizations large and small that the Wintel monopoly is on it last legs. There’s nothing like seeing the lead open up to encourage users of FLOSS that the world is changing in a good way. Most of the RAM today is not running M$’s stuff. It won’t be long before all PCs give FLOSS a shot whether in business or on retail shelves.

About Robert Pogson

I am a retired teacher in Canada. I taught in the subject areas where I have worked for almost forty years: maths, physics, chemistry and computers. I love hunting, fishing, picking berries and mushrooms, too.
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10 Responses to Follow the DRAM – Smart Phones v PCs

  1. Chris Weig says:

    http://news.efytimes.com/e1/87801/Dell-Brings-Laptops-With-Red-Hat-Enterprise-Linux

    That’s nice, but high-end workstations aren’t consumer machines sold at your average electronics retail chain. And that’s precisely the location without Linux PCs, as Mr. Pogson so vehemently decries.

    Chris Weig, revising history

    No, Pogson, that’s your field of expertise. You even wanted to whitewash IBM.

    I guess that’s why Dell opened hundreds more stores pushing Ubuntu GNU/Linux in China and Asia. They must love offering for sale stuff that does not sell. (Sarcasm)

    You’re a fool, Pogson. These stores are general retail stores not intended to just sell Dell/Ubuntu PCs. As was true for Dell’s online offerings, only a miniscule number of Dell’s PCs can be acquired with Ubuntu pre-loaded in Dell’s retail stores. And since the Ubuntu PCs offered in China and India are still decidedly of the low-cost variety, they are well-suited for people who want a cheap PC on which to slap a pirated Windows copy.

    Chuckle. They offer what people demand and some people demand GNU/Linux.

    Unfortunately neither Dell nor Canonical have to date told just how in demand these Ubuntu machines are. And even if there were some demand, you still don’t know what buyers do with the Linux installation afterwards.

  2. Chris Weig, revising history, wrote, “As for OEMs, we have seen with Dell that consumers were disinterested in Dell’s Linux offerings.”

    I guess that’s why Dell opened hundreds more stores pushing Ubuntu GNU/Linux in China and Asia. They must love offering for sale stuff that does not sell. (Sarcasm)

    Dell, in their latest 10-Q, wrote, “Emerging countries, which include a vast majority of the world’s population, are attractive growth opportunities for technology expansion. In recent years, we have focused much of our investment in Growth Countries, which we define as non-U.S. markets excluding Western Europe, Canada, and Japan, with a particular focus on BRIC, which consists of Brazil, Russia, India, and China.

    Our strategic transformation has contributed to improvements in our operating margins over time. We employ a collaborative approach to product design and development in which our engineers, with direct customer input, design innovative solutions and work with a global network of technology companies to architect new system designs, influence the direction of future development, and integrate new technologies into our products.”

    Chuckle. They offer what people demand and some people demand GNU/Linux.

  3. oiaohm says:

    http://news.efytimes.com/e1/87801/Dell-Brings-Laptops-With-Red-Hat-Enterprise-Linux

    Chris Weig interesting enough dell, HP and others have always offered custom order with Linux to Enterprise users since 2001. So 1 percent is not too small when that 1 percent has money.

    You need to watch the recent Linux Plumbers and X11 Conference videos. Compare to the year before.

    Then take note how much is about the Desktop.

    There has been a huge focus shift in the Linux world in the last 12 months.

  4. Chris Weig says:

    Your latest post is, unfortunately, a load of rubbish and anything but solid evidence, as I have shown.

    As for OEMs, we have seen with Dell that consumers were disinterested in Dell’s Linux offerings. You could reasonably argue that the reason for this was that Dell offered only a few low-end computers with an outdated Ubuntu that weren’t even cheaper than their Windows counterparts. But the only path to success then seems to be to offer Linux on all computers. But no OEM is crazy enough to invest the huge sum of money necessary to do this when he can’t be even 1 percent sure if he ever will see this money again.

    Contrary to your claims there’s no proof anywhere that Linux will sell. But just point your finger to the OEMs and ridicule yourself. Unlike you they want to sell their computers, that’s why they put Windows on it.

  5. oldman wrote, “The market for desktop OS is not Free in some places like North America.”

    ”THis is your opinion nothing more.”

    Well, if the market were free, would you not see at least one GNU/Linux machine on retail shelves showing a dozen models from two or three OEMs? The OEMs will ship them. Some of the big box stores here have two or three aisles of PCs without a single GNU/Linux machine, yet, we know from solid evidence that GNU/Linux machines sell. See my latest post on that very topic.

  6. oldman says:

    “The market for desktop OS is not Free in some places like North America.”

    THis is your opinion nothing more.

  7. Chris Weig wrote, “they’re not interested in rotten GNU/Linux PCs.”

    How do they make Walmart’s best-sellers list then?

    Chris Weig also begged the question, “Thank God for the free market!”

    Does the great God, Free Market, allow one company only to sell on Walmart’s shelves in North America? I though Free Market meant allowing competition, head to head.

    Here is an example of the anti-competitive actions of M$:
    “Marvel is a new online service created by Microsoft. It is similar to and will compete directly with America Online and Prodigy, offering end users an interactive forum that is accessed via modem. Marvel requires Windows 95, and Microsoft has stated that it will bundle Marvel with every copy of Windows 95. They have asserted in so many words that Compaq, along with every other OEM,has no choice – – we have to take Marvel (if we want Windows 95).

    In addition, Microsoft has firmly stated that they will pay NO bounties or revenue sharing of any kind for Marvel. This is in spite of the fact that every other online service pays substantial bounfies to Compaq for each customer who connects to their service from a new Compaq PC.”

    That’s bundling, what M$ does a lot to harm other businesses and to prevent consumers from making a choice between two competing products.

    see http://www.justice.gov/atr/cases/exhibits/1001.pdf

    If Free Market loves competition so much, why does USA and others allow this nonsense? M$ was forced to agree to avoid using such tactics but some retailers find old habits hard to break so what the evil M$ did way back then lives on. The market for desktop OS is not Free in some places like North America.

  8. Chris Weig says:

    That should tell everyone, OEMs, retailers, consumers, and organizations large and small that the Wintel monopoly is on it last legs.

    Another patented Pogson howler. It’s quite hard to imagine how the Wintel monopoly (it’s not a monopoly, but you never were a stickler for the details) is still on its last legs, given the number of times you’ve written that it is on its last legs. Some legs this must be!

    I believe this legs are called customers. And they’re not buying your shtick and will happily continue to buy Wintel (even if they buy Android phones at the same time). And they’re not interested in rotten GNU/Linux PCs.

    Thank God for the free market! In Communism Great Comrade Pogson would’ve long forced GNU/Linux on the unwilling population, throwing us back into the stone age of IT.

  9. dougman says:

    Once I bought my Droid phone, I use my desktop 15% less.

    I can actually remote onto a customers machine over my phone and control their computer.

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