Apple buying up all the gigabytes!?

Discussion in 'iPhone' started by =MuLti-CeLL=, Feb 18, 2009.

  1. =MuLti-CeLL= macrumors 6502a


    Jan 14, 2009
  2. Theaser macrumors 6502


    Dec 30, 2008
    That article should be renamed to "Apple buys up all the Samsung memory cards"

    1 GB RAM? That's going to be very interesting, go new iPhone!
  3. goosnarrggh macrumors 68000

    May 16, 2006
    There is a movement of revisionist history out there trying to reclassify all forms of Flash storage as RAM.

    In the context of an iPhone, it's a laughable concept: The NAND Flash storage in an iPhone is NOT (and CANNOT be*) used as fully random-access system memory by the CPU (certainly not for writing, and to a lesser extent, even for reading), but rather as a hard drive replacement.

    *OK, with the help of a MMU, you could make use of the NAND Flash storage as swap space, but that's about it. The iPhone doesn't make such use.
  4. kdarling macrumors P6


    Jun 9, 2007
    First university coding class = 47 years ago
    Exactly right.

    It cannot be called RAM, as it is really EEPROM. And the NAND version is, as you say, suitable only for mass storage, as the CPU cannot execute code directly from it.

    "Flash memory" is a better general term. Too bad the article confused "memory" with "RAM".

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