volatile memory


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volatile memory

[′väl·əd·əl ′mem·rē]
(computer science)

volatile memory

volatile memory

A type of memory that loses its content when the power is turned off. The primary example is the computer's main memory, which is made up of dynamic RAM (DRAM) and static RAM (SRAM) chips. Newer types of memory are expected to obsolete volatile DRAM and SRAM memory in the future (see future memory chips). Contrast with non-volatile memory. See dynamic RAM and static RAM.
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- Volatile Memory (Technology) Market Share (in %) of Major Players in Europe: 2019 & 2025
Historical trends indicate that the nonvolatile memory revenue would exceed volatile memory in 2007; however, new flash memory applications are not expected to increase at a rate as high as volatile memory because the PC market is the main driver of memory revenue and PCs use DRAMs.
In contrast, volatile memory needs constant power in order to retain data.