Market research firm iSuppli reports DDR3 memory is expected to become the dominant memory type by next June. The marketshare of DDR3 is expected to hit 50.9 percent of global DRAM shipments by Q2 2010, before rising to about 71 percent of shipments by late 2010.
For reference, the market research firm points out that DDR3 only made up 1% of shipments in the second quarter of 2008 and 14.2% in the second quarter of this year. Shipments climbed to 23% last quarter, and iSuppli reckons they'll go up another nine points this quarter.
The firm credits both Intel's new, DDR3-only processors as well as the "increasing manufacturability" of the memory technology for this growth. Only relatively pricey Intel Core i5 and i7 processors lack support for DDR2 right now, but next quarter, that same exclusivity will spread to lower price points with the arrival of 32-nm, dual-core Clarkdale processors.