Computex 2024: Micron's LPCAMM2 Memory Format Expected to Replace DIMM DDR5 Standard

The future lies in LPCAMM2 memory, not only for laptops but also for traditional PC desktops, according to American company Micron's confident predictions

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Computex 2024: Micron's LPCAMM2 Memory Format Expected to Replace DIMM DDR5 Standard
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The future lies in LPCAMM2 memory, not only for laptops but also for traditional PC desktops, according to predictions by American company Micron. We saw the new memory format in several places during the Computex 2024 fair, from modules to motherboards.

It wasn't surprising how often memory manufacturer Micron mentioned the LPCAMM2 format at the fair and how enthusiastic they were about the memory format, which they are the first to introduce to the market. “I think the future really lies here, with LPCAMM2 modules working on PCs using this format,” says Dinesh Bahal, Vice President and General Manager of Micron's Consumer and Component Group.

LPCAMM2 is essentially a complex memory kit. It offers some similarities to soldered memory while still being user-replaceable. For this reason, it is considered the perfect solution for the next generation of thin laptops, and Crucial was the first to market with 32 GB and 64 GB kits.

“Partners have moved beyond the SO-DIMM format modules that take up too much space and decided to start soldering memory directly onto the printed circuit board. The problem with soldered memory is that you decide in advance about your configuration and RAM capacity”.

LPCAMM2 is the format of the future for laptop and PC desktop computers
LPCAMM addresses this problem quite concisely, and if costs are reasonable for modules compared to SO-DIMM format or soldered modules, the user should benefit when buying a new laptop with installed LPCAMM2 memory.

Micron believes it can be competitive in terms of price: one LPCAMM2 module replaces two SO-DIMM modules. This reduces manufacturing costs. It is also expected to reduce motherboard complexity, although this really depends on the manufacturer.

One point the company emphasizes, which I personally do not entirely agree with, is how, even if it is more expensive, manufacturers can measure that cost against the additional value that AI brings to the PC and the user.

We understand the point, but we are still waiting for that famous AI added value.

New Laptop Memory Is Here! LPCAMM2 Changes Everything!

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Current LPCAMM2 kits are quite expensive compared to standard SO-DIMM modules, but that’s how it is with new technologies. Although realistically, in this case, there is no justification.

“There are three things AI craves when it comes to RAM... bus width, capacity, and speed,” claims Praveen Vaidyanathan from Micron's Computing and Networking Business Unit. Vaidyanathan suggests that LPCAMM2 has resolved the requirement in terms of bus width and capacity, as it is easy to scale to larger capacities, naturally dual-channel, and operates faster than many DDR5 SO-DIMM standards from the start.

However, he argues that the power consumption factor is the most important. The key is in more efficient power consumption and less heating
“60% lower power consumption than equivalent DDR5... Will you start putting fans in every laptop, right? Everyone is now striving for fanless laptop models.

Therefore, power consumption will be a big deal, which is why I think LP[CAMM2] will actually beat DDR5 in the next few years”. “Our belief is that you can always pull out performance, you can always pull out capacity, power consumption will be the deciding factor”.

We have also seen CAMM2 on desktop computers, like the latest Kingston model at the Computex 2024 fair. These kits come with installed DDR5 memory chips instead of LPDDR5X. It's an interesting application case. On one hand, more efficient memory at high speeds is definitely a better solution, and more efficient chip cooling directly allows more space for overclocking.

You could place a cooler on CAMM2 similar to a CPU. On the other hand, DIMMs are simple, easy to use, and gaming PC manufacturers often don't care much about efficiency. Higher consumption, more performance. It’s easy to see why the gaming market is the way it is compared to thin and light laptops.

However, with more efficient AMD desktop processors and Intel likely looking at a more efficient Arrow Lake design, we wonder if we will soon see more products focused on energy efficiency. Our gaming PCs will certainly have to become more energy-efficient in the near future.

Maybe CAMM2 could help with that, writes PC Gamer. The LPCAMM2 memory format represents a significant advancement for both laptops and desktop PCs, promising enhanced performance, scalability, and energy efficiency. Micron's pioneering efforts, highlighted at Computex 2024, emphasize the format's potential to replace traditional SO-DIMM and soldered memory solutions.

With 60% lower power consumption than DDR5 and natural dual-channel support, LPCAMM2 is poised to meet the growing demands of AI applications while simplifying motherboard design and reducing costs. As gaming PCs and other high-performance systems increasingly prioritize efficiency, LPCAMM2 could become a key component in the next generation of computing.

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