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DDR5 Memory is in Shortage Due to the PMIC Being in Short Supply

Bipasha Mandal
Bipasha Mandal
Bipasha Mondal is writer at TechGenyz

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DDR5 RAM launched just a few months ago, and within this short span of time, it is already facing stock shortages. DDR5 is out of stock at almost every retailer, and this has left many people unable to use new PC hardware that requires DDR5 RAM. Various manufacturers around the globe have also launched the DDR5 memory along with the launch of the Intel Z690 motherboards and the 12-generation Core K series processors. The main models are the DDR5-4800 standard memory and the DDR5-5200, DDR5-5600, and other memory sticks.

The shortage problem has been a constant occurrence since it was released. Now the situation is dire, and the memory stick is out of stock in many regions. Although the exact reason for the short supply was clear before, a few sources have found out the main reason behind this. Apparently, the power management chip PMIC is in short supply, hurting the production of the DDR5 RAM. The PMIC has been in short supply since 2020, and experts had predicted last year that the shortage could ease in 2021. However, contrary to that prediction, various chip manufacturers have pointed out that PMIC is still in short supply. Not only that the price of PMIC chips for DDR5 memory is 10 times higher than the corresponding chips of D4. The purchase cycle has also elongated, now lasting about 35 weeks.

DDR5 standard memory modules have an increased speed of about 50% when compared to the previous DDR4’s standard frequency of 3200MHz. Additionally, the low voltage of 1.1V is also more power-efficient for the DDR5 memory modules. The PMIC chip has the ability to optimize the control system power load rate. DDR5 IC has its own On-die ECC error correction mechanism which ensures that the system that uses DDR5 memory has higher stability.


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