CAMM2 memory module may enter the desktop field

Recently, JEDEC announced that Dell’s CAMM has officially become a JEDEC standard, christened as “CAMM2.” This heralds an era where an increasing number of laptops will adopt this new memory module design, likely replacing the SO-DIMM modules that have been prevalent for over two decades.

An enthusiast revealed insights from CES 2024, mentioning a visit to SK Hynix’s booth, where it was indicated that CAMM memory modules would also be employed in desktop computers. It’s understood that related desktop platform products are under development, although specific details remain undisclosed.

CAMM2 boasts two designs, supporting both conventional DDR5 and LPDDR5(X), enabling the possibility of non-soldered LPDDR5(X) memory. Compared to SO-DIMM, CAMM2 not only offers a slimmer profile but also assures higher data transfer rates, escalating from 6.4 Gbps to 9.6 Gbps. Although JESD318 CAMM2 standardizes a universal connector design for DDR5 and LPDDR5(X) on the back of the memory module, akin to a CPU socket connection, their differing pin configurations preclude simultaneous support of both memory types on the same motherboard.

Presently, mainstream desktop platforms typically feature two to four DIMM slots on motherboards. Utilizing the latest 64GB single memory modules, they can support up to 256GB, which should suffice for the foreseeable future. However, embracing CAMM2 memory modules necessitates a redesign of motherboards, a task not achievable overnight. The eventual emergence of such products signifies a major transformation in the memory industry.