Memory. Yes, that’s right, memory. If there were to be an awards ceremony for semiconductors, EE Times notes that memory would be a shoo-in for Best Supporting Actor. Many forget that memory, the oft forgotten semiconductor step-child, has long been the “silent enabler” of a range of digital devices. This is who we are. We make memory. We are the “silent enabler.”
To sum it up, the article contains a great line that essentially analogizes the sheer greatness of memory:
While the value of memory is essentially "invisible" to end users, designers have long recognized that memory is what makes the user experience exceptionally strong. It is the fuel that runs the performance engine.