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How do you choose computer system memory for different settings?

DFI presents a strategic guide for industrial computer RAM.

In computer architecture, to avoid storing all processor data on the hard drive, portions of the data are temporarily stored in RAM (memory), to improve system operational efficiency. Early industrial computer motherboards focused on RAM stability over performance. However, in recent years, with the creation of more applications and different functional requirements in various settings, the types and quantities of memory required by industrial computers has changed.


Standard full-sized motherboards, such as the s ATX, are generally configured with 4 RAM slots. Multiple high-speed RAM modules can help computers process and execute code simultaneously without reducing system speed. Control systems used by industrial computers are typically used for general purpose functions. The four sets of RAM are still sufficient due to the low amount of data being processed. Industrial computers with special RAM requirements are divided into two types. The first is the MINI-ITX, which has the dimensions of 170mm x 170mm. These motherboards are typically used in settings with limited space and are used to capture and transmit data from the environment. Additional control functions are provided for advanced users. Because of their compact size and lower performance requirements, Mini-ITX boards typically adopt two sets of SO-DIMMs (small outline dual in-line memory module) to comply with the physical requirements of the motherboard.


The other application with special memory requirements is high-resolution video systems. The most classic example of this is digital signage. These systems use high-resolution video to attract consumers, so the number of signals requiring processing is very high. The traditional number of RAM slots is no longer sufficient. Most systems require 8 or even 16 slots. A large number of slots will in turn, affect the size of the motherboard. Generally, larger boards, such as the E-ATX standard (330mm x 305mm), will be chosen in combination with Intel® Core™ X series or Intel® Xeon® series high-performance processors.


As for market trends, it is worth noting that Intel has recently introduced motherboards that can support dual channel RAM architecture. This product architecture provides two independent channels for transmitting data between the memory controller of the CPU and DIMM (dual in-line memory module). With this architecture, users only need to install the CPU memory controller and DIMM at matching frequencies to improve data transmission speeds for certain applications. Companies can use this to optimize performance and internal space, to improve their product competitiveness. If you are interested in learning more about DFI, please visit the official DFI website or contact us directly.