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iPad triggering PC sales slowdown, memory overstocks?

updated 08:50 am EDT, Tue September 7, 2010

Samsung says PC slowdown, iPad sparking RAM glut

Samsung on Tuesday warned that a slowdown in computer sales was close to triggering an oversupply of RAM. While the company's semiconductor head Kwon Oh-hyun said that phones and servers were keeping the supply-and-demand balance "stable," a continued slowdown of the PC business could create a glut in the fall or in the winter. Prices had already started falling in July after Greece's debt problems and an overall unexpected economic slowdown.

The lowered computer demand may stem directly from the iPad. As the device can often achieve subjectively similar or better performance to a netbook but with just a quarter of the RAM, 256MB versus the standard netbook's 1GB, even large volumes of tablet shipments wouldn't necessarily make up for the gap.

Samsung is also reported to be facing shrinking netbook sales in some areas, owing in part to Apple's tablet taking customers away; ASUS has supposedly seen a similar effect on Eee PCs. For Samsung, the Galaxy Tab would help accommodate this by giving customers a tablet within its own lineup.

By Electronista Staff


  1. iphonerulez

    Dedicated MacNNer

    Joined: Nov 2008


    I'd say there's probably just a generalized

    slowdown of computer sales caused by a weak economy. They keep assuming it's the iPad that's causing this. Apple stock sure isn't moving like it's disrupting the industry. iPads can't be displacing that many netbook sales.

  1. testudo

    Forum Regular

    Joined: Aug 2001



    If that's the case, the iPad should be flying off shelves, and the number of iPad sales should more than equal the 'losses' in computer sales.

    And wouldn't the iPad take up some of that RAM sales?

  1. Flying Meat

    Dedicated MacNNer

    Joined: Jan 2007


    The answers are

    Yes. I read Apple has ramped up iPad production to 3 million a month.
    If they were categorized as such.
    Yes, but at a much smaller per unit requirement.

  1. ethical_paul

    Fresh-Faced Recruit

    Joined: Mar 2002


    Captain Obvious

    Yes, the iPad will take up some of that RAM, but as the article says, it only has 256MB which is quite a bit less than your average desktop or laptop.

    And the iPad is flying off the shelves, thanks for playing.

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