CAM (Content-Addressable Memory)

Content-addressable memory (CAM) is a special type of computer memory used in certain very-high-speed searching applications. It is also known as associative memory or associative storage and compares input search data (tag) against a table of stored data, and returns the address of matching data (or in the case of associative memory, the matching data).

CAM is frequently used in networking devices where it speeds forwarding information base and routing table operations.

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