Random Access Memory

Memory is currency to consumer electronic devices

Memory

When it comes to the latest gizmos on the market, memory is one of the most important needs. Memory comes in two basic types: system memory, which is also called RAM (Random Access Memory), or Flash Memory, which is portable storage for your gadgets. You can never have enough memory and the memory you have can never be too fast. Whether Flash or RAM, most technological breakthroughs for memory have been to produce faster, smaller memory.

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Devices that use flash memory
  • Cell Phones
  • Blackberry
  • PDA devices
  • MP3 Players
  • PSP Game Systems
  • Portable / Car Stereos
  • TVs

If you're looking for Flash Memory and need to figure out the difference between an xD and an SD card check our Flash Memory guide. If you want to know more about memory as the vital statistic in electronics today keep reading our comprehensive beginners guide to memory. SD Memory

Just about everything electronic uses memory. Everyone who looks into buying a PC will have statistics about RAM thrown at them. If you're looking at digital cameras, PDA devices, cell phones, or even portable game systems, you'll notice most use one of a great variety of upgradeable flash memory. More memory simply means more stuff you can store on your mobile unit. The faster that memory is directly proportionate to how fast that new electronic gadget will operate.

Key terms associated with memory
  • ROM
  • RAM
  • SDRAM/SRAM et all
  • Memory Stick
  • Flash Memory
  • Volatile
  • Non-Volatile
  • BIOS
  • Virtual Memory

The vast array of different kinds of memory has left our language with an equally vast assortment of acronyms. Like it or not, RAM, ROM, Flash Memory, and Non-Volatile have all entered our language because of gizmos. The numbers associated with the memory that feeds your gadget is often a direct relation to how much it costs. So, even if you're not totally fascinated with the wonderful world of random access memory, it helps to at least know your way around. In this section of GizmoCafe.com, we'll cover the basic types of memory and what might be around the corner in the future. Check our advertiser's prices to get an up-to-date assessment of what the type of memory you're interested in costs these days. Even if you're a devout technophobe, you'll be able to tell that smart guy at the water cooler showing off his new Palm Treo 700W:

"I think I'll wait until they've been able to perfect a stable system of non-volatile MRAM before I jump into the mobile computing scene."

After reading GizmoCafe's guide to memory you'll be able to make an informed decision about memory. You'll have an understanding of what memory does in any electronics system. Also, included will be a comprehensive guide to the lingo so you'll be "in the know" when it comes to using the words correctly.