Well, Since nobody is interested in a scheduled discussion, and since this IS a computer faq forum, I will try something new. Every week(or until someone gives the correct definition, whichever comes first), I will post a computer term in the forum. If you know the answer and can give an approximate definition, then post it. If not, then wait for the next Term Of The Week, and the answer from Last week's Term will be posted with it. This week you get a freebie.
The first Term Of The Week is:
Short for magnetoresistive RAM, or magnetic RAM, a non-volatile RAM memory technology that uses magnetic charges to store data instead of electric charges, such as those used in SRAM and DRAM technologies.
Unlike a technology such as DRAM, which requires a constant flow of electricity to maintain the integrity of the data, MRAM will retain data even when the power is turned off and only requires a small amount of electricity to store data bits. For example, in a PC enabled with MRAM, the computer would start up instantly instead of having to wait for the BIOS to locate and load the computer’s operating system software.
Technically, MRAM works by placing millions of magnetic “sandwiches” on a silicon substrate, with tiny parallel wires running in one direction on top of them and more perpendicular wires running below, creating a woven effect in the wiring. A single bit is represented at each point where the top and bottom wires cross. To write a bit onto the chip, a current passes through a wire on top of the sandwich and flips the polarity on one of the magnets. To read a bit from a chip, a current travels through the structure and measures the resistance of each magnet. Low resistance equals “0” and high resistance equals “1.” The sandwiches remain in their magnetic states until the data is rewritten or erased by the system.
MRAM, first developed by IBM in the 1970s, is expected to replace DRAM as the memory standard in electronics.
O.K. Now that you are warmed up, here's This weeks(actually, I'm giving you until Nov. 22 to solve this one because I want the terms to start on Sundays of every week) "Term Of The Week":
We'll start with a few easy ones...
Edited by thunderleaf, 06 October 2005 - 03:34 PM.