SK Hynix has announced that the new CAMM memory standard will be available on traditional desktop computers. CAMM is a groundbreaking memory standard that reduces the size of traditional DRAM modules and enables higher capacities. The LP designation in the […]
SK Hynix has announced that the new CAMM memory standard will be available on traditional desktop computers. CAMM is a groundbreaking memory standard that reduces the size of traditional DRAM modules and enables higher capacities. The LP designation in the CAMM standard signifies low power consumption.
While the first implementation of the CAMM standard for desktop platforms is already underway, the company has not revealed specific details about the new standard. A recent JEDEC PR statement announces the release of the CAMM2 standard, which will have a unified connector design for DDR5 and LPDDR5/X low-power memory modules. According to JEDEC, both laptops and desktop computers will be targeted platforms for this new standard.
CAMM memory modules are designed for various purposes. DDR5 CAMM modules are intended for laptops and mainstream desktop computers, while LPDDR5/5X CAMM modules target a wider range of laptops and specific segments of the server market.
The new CAMM standard will bring significant changes to motherboard design. Currently, motherboards feature two or four DIMM slots that support capacities of up to 256 GB. To support CAMM, the entire computer motherboard ecosystem will need to be redesigned, which will require time and patience.
Once CAMM becomes more mature, motherboard manufacturers may experiment with the new standard by releasing a few selected CAMM motherboards to gauge consumer response. Memory manufacturers will also need to design new solutions based on CAMM modules.
CAMM modules have a unique connector on the back that can be plugged into a socket similar to a CPU. CAMM is expected to bring capabilities for quick memory overclocking, adjustments, and support for OC profiles in the Intel XMP and AMD EXPO ecosystem.
Although it is still unclear when the CAMM standard will arrive in the desktop market, one thing is certain – this innovation will have a significant impact on the memory industry.