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Essential Guide to Computing: The Story of Information Technology, The by E. Garrison Walters

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  1. What are the two main differences between cache memory and main memory?

  2. What is the nature of the memory problem?

  3. What is the difference between L1 and L2 cache?

  4. Identify three ways to make DRAM perform faster.

  5. Identify three ways to make a CPU perform faster.

  6. Describe two ways in which RDRAM is different from DRAM.

  7. If SRAM has the highest access rate and is thus faster than other types of memory, why haven't CPU manufacturers loaded the chip up with SRAM? Why not replace DRAM with SRAM?

  8. What are the problems in making buses with greater capacity? Why not just make them all very wide and very fast?

  9. What is a soft error?

  10. Why is Flash RAM increasingly popular?

  11. What is areal density?

  12. Why is development of blue lasers important?

  13. Explain ...

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