If you want to upgrade your Dell laptop memory, you may be out of luck

Upgrading the RAM in your Dell laptop might soon be out of the question, as the PC maker has developed its own proprietary form factor for DDR5 memory.

As reported by Tom’s gear and first spotted by iGPU Extremist On Twitter, the Austin-based company’s upcoming Precision 7670 mobile workstation includes its new Compression Attached Memory Module (CAMM) which houses the device’s memory.

While full details on the Precision 7670 are expected to be released later this month, iGPU Extremist has shared photographs of the laptop that show what appears to be a single-sided module with 16 integrated circuits (ICs). Dell’s CAMM has two zones with eight ICs on each side, and the design will likely work in a dual-channel configuration.

Although we haven’t heard of CAMM yet, its new memory module will likely offer a more compact alternative to replacing two SO-DIMM memory slots.

Thinner laptops at the expense of user expandability

Unlike business laptops which tend to be both thin and light, mobile workstations are known to be a bit heavier due to their more powerful components and larger batteries.

Thanks to CAMM, Dell will likely be able to simplify the design of its laptops and make them thinner and even potentially lighter, as more memory can be crammed into a smaller space.

While CAMM certainly seems like a better implementation than soldering memory onto a device’s motherboard, it would prevent users from upgrading their devices’ RAM using off-the-shelf components. Instead, they would have to purchase memory upgrades directly from Dell, which would be expensive.

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However, Dell may decide to open CAMM to third-party memory vendors to make future upgrades more readily available and less expensive for its customers.

We’ll have to wait until the end of the month to hear more about the Dell Precision 7670 mobile workstation and the company’s plans for CAMM in the future.

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