cam definition by Webster's New World
Origin: Dutch cam, origin, originally , comb
cam definition by American Heritage Dictionary
Origin: Dutch kam, cog, comb; see gembh- in Indo-European roots.
cam - Computer Definition
(1) (Computer-Aided Manufacturing) The automation of manufacturing systems and techniques, including numerical control, process control, robotics and materials requirements planning (MRP). See CAD and CAD/CAM.
(3) (Content Addressable Memory) Also known as "associative storage," it is a memory chip in which each bit position can be compared. In regular dynamic RAM (DRAM) and static RAM (SRAM) chips, the contents are addressed by bit location and then transferred to the arithmetic logic unit (ALU) in the CPU for comparison. In CAM chips, the content is compared in each bit cell, allowing for very fast table lookups. Since the entire chip is compared, the data content can often be randomly stored without regard to an addressing scheme which would otherwise be required. However, CAM chips are considerably smaller in storage capacity than regular memory chips.
(5) (Customer Asset Management) In the 1990s, a term that was first coined for and later replaced with "customer relationship management (CRM). See CRM.