How Computer Memory Works

When you think about it, it's amazing how many different types of electronic memory you encounter in daily life. Many of them have become an integral part of our vocabulary:

You already know that the computer in front of you has memory. What you may not know is that most of the electronic items you use every day have some form of memory also. Here are just a few examples of the many items that use memory:
  • Cell phones
  • PDAs
  • Game consoles
  • Car radios
  • VCRs
  • TVs

Each of these devices uses different types of memory in different ways!


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Table of Contents:
Introduction to How Computer Memory Works
Memory Basics
The Need for Speed
Cache and Registers