The company said that Intel has just signed off on its 7.5 gigabits-per-second (Gbps) LPCAMM, which brings it closer to appearing on a motherboard.
“Samsung is committed to actively pursuing opportunities to expand the LPCAMM solution market and collaborating closely with the industry to explore new applications for its use,” Samsung sang.
Historically, PCs and laptops have conventionally used LPDDR DRAM or DDR-based So-DIMMs2. While LPDDR is compact, it’s permanently attached to the motherboard, making replacing during repairs or upgrades challenging. So-DIMMs can be attached or detached easily but have performance and other physical features limitations.
LPCAMM overcomes the shortcomings of LPDDR and So-DIMMs, addressing the increased demand for more efficient yet compact devices. Being a detachable module, LPCAMM offers enhanced flexibility for PC and laptop manufacturers during production.
Compared to So-DIMM, LPCAMM occupies up to 60 per cent less space on the motherboard. This allows more efficient use of devices’ internal space while improving performance by up to 50 per cent and power efficiency by up to 70 per cent.
LPDDR’s power-saving features make it an attractive option for servers since it could potentially improve total cost of operation (TCO) efficiency. However, using LPDDR can create operational difficulties, such as the need to replace the entire motherboard when upgrading a server’s DRAM specifications. LPCAMM offers a solution to these challenges, creating significant potential to become the solution of choice for future data centres and servers.
Intel Vice President of Memory & IO Technology said that the energy efficiency and repairability advantages of LPCAMM make this new form factor a game changer in today’s PC market.
“We’re excited to be a part of the new standard enabling the client PC ecosystem and pave the path for future adoption and innovation in broader market segments.”
Samsung Electronics Executive Vice President Yongcheol Bae said that LPCAMM is expected to gain wide adoption in PCs, laptops and data centres.
"Samsung is committed to actively pursuing opportunities to expand the LPCAMM solution market and collaborating closely with the industry to explore new applications for its use."
LPCAMM is set to be tested using next-generation systems with major customers this year, and commercialization is planned for 2024.