October 3, 2023
Samsung’ Industry-First LPCAMM Ushers in Future of Memory Modules
Samsung has pioneered a groundbreaking innovation in the realm of computer memory with the introduction of the Low Power Compression Attached Memory Module (LPCAMM) form factor. This pioneering development, boasting speeds of 7.5 gigabits-per-second (Gbps), has successfully undergone rigorous system verification on Intel’s platform, promising to revolutionize the DRAM market for personal computers, laptops, and potentially data centers.
Traditionally, personal computers and laptops have relied on LPDDR DRAM or DDR-based So-DIMMs. LPCAMM represents a significant leap forward by overcoming the limitations of both LPDDR and So-DIMMs, meeting the growing demand for more efficient and compact devices. Being a detachable module, LPCAMM grants manufacturers of PCs and laptops greater flexibility during the production process. In comparison to So-DIMMs, LPCAMM occupies significantly less motherboard space, up to 60% less. This not only optimizes the utilization of a device’s internal real estate but also delivers notable performance gains of up to 50% while enhancing power efficiency by as much as 70%.
The power-saving attributes of LPDDR have made it appealing for server applications, potentially improving overall total cost of operation (TCO) efficiency. Nevertheless, utilizing LPDDR can introduce operational challenges, such as the necessity to replace the entire motherboard when upgrading a server’s DRAM specifications. LPCAMM is on track to undergo testing with key customers on next-generation systems this year, with plans for commercial availability set for 2024. This development heralds a new era of efficiency and performance in the world of computer memory.