Dual Inline Packages

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What are dual inline packages? What does is meant by 256 MB of memory?

Dual Inline Packages

The first set of memory chips created were the DIP pins configurations. DIP stands for dual inline package. This configuration was great for older computers that needed only a small amount of RAM compared to computers today.

The DIP pin configuration has been replaced by creating a separate memory circuit board or memory module which could then be attached to the computer's motherboard.

The memory modules are usually referred to as 8x32 for example, which states the number of chips on the modules multiplied by the number of megabits of each chip. So a 8x32 memory module would have eight 32-bit memory chips, or memory of 256 megabytes. Now you know what someone means when they say your new computer has 256 megabytes of memory.

   

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