New memory coming to mobile devices
A new form of memory could reset the standard for mobile devices, including smartphones, tablets and laptop computers, allowing for faster data transfers that are less power-hungry.
According to technology news provider IDG News, industry analysts see low-power DDR3 memory, or LPDDR3, as being key to better performance for tablets and smartphones. At 1,600 megabits per second, LPDDR3 is capable of transferring data 1.5 times faster than LPDDR2, while consuming up to 20 percent less power, IDG reports.
Multitasking may be one of the major outcomes of this development, the news provider notes. Limitations in multitasking have long been one of the chief criticisms of smartphones and tablets. But the challenges may be overcome with the advent of memory that is capable of handling multiple, more complex processes without rapidly draining battery life.
IDG reports that several manufacturers are currently working on LPDDR3 projects, and the first mobile devices equipped with the technology could be seen in late 2012.
Tablet computers have undergone drastic changes in the past year and a half, and the evolution seems poised to continue for some time. Another chief development currently underway in tablet technology is quad-core processors, which could see the light of day before the 2011 holiday season.