We have already mentioned possible production problems and stock problems in DDR5 memories. The stocks of the new generation memory are almost non-existent, and black marketers, taking advantage of this opportunity, are attempting to sell some 32 GB kidollars for an incredible $2,500.
It’s possible to see the DDR5 memory kidollarseries on eBay if they cost twice, and sometimes even triple, the costdollar series. Fortunately, only Intel’s 12th Gen Alder Lake processors currently use DDR5 technology.
The transition of voltage regulation from the motherboard to the memory was provided by PMIC circuits on DDR5 RAMs. PMIC not only improves voltage regulation but also brings other features such as threshold protection and power management. The problem is that these integrated circuits are very important for DDR5 and memory cannot be produced without PMIC.
The global shortage of PMICs has put memory manufacturers in a bad predicament, as PMICs are not enough even if they have all the other components. The shortcomings and long delivery times in these circuits were confirmed in the interviews with the three big vendors.
Early-release DDR5 memory modules use Renesas’ PMICs. Manufacturers such as Richtek and Amtek have also entered the market, and more stable circuit production is expected in the future. In addition, Samsung also announced that the company is producing PMICs for its DDR5 products.