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Emerging Technology Analysis: Use of Emerging Memory Will Enhance PC Performance

Published: 27 April 2018

ID: G00352529

Analyst(s): Brady Wang


Emerging memory usage in PCs can be cache memory, high-speed SSDs and even supportive working memory to improve overall performance at the system level. Technology product management leaders at PC OEMs/ODMs should embrace this emerging technology and create a corresponding product strategy.

Table Of Contents


  • Technology Description
    • What Is 3D XPoint?
    • Why Does 3D XPoint in PCs Matter? What's Its Advantage Over DRAM and NAND?
    • The Other Emerging Memory
  • Technology Adoption
    • Factors That Will Drive Adoption
    • Factors That Will Inhibit Adoption
  • Technology Impact
  • Impact on PCs as Cache Memory
  • Impact on PCs as High-Performance SSDs
  • Impact on PCs as System Memory to Supplement DRAM
  • References

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