RAM versus CAM

Tariq Jamil*

*Corresponding author for this work

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Random access memory (RAM) devices are fast, storage-efficient and secure. However, they are also passive devices and they require complex and large data structures to be broken down into small pieces, thus losing intrinsic links. They are also incapable of forming associations among memory items. Content-addressable memory (CAM) devices overcome these limitations. Although these devices are expensive, they are capable of supporting parallelism at the basic level of computer hardware.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)26-29
Number of pages4
JournalIEEE Potentials
Issue number2
Publication statusPublished - Apr 1997
Externally publishedYes

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Education
  • Strategy and Management
  • Electrical and Electronic Engineering


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