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Refresh your memory

With the increasing number of variants available, how do you select the right memory solution for your application? By Philip Ling.

There are benchmarks available for microprocessors, there are selection guides produced for operational amplifiers, but when it comes to selecting memory there are few ways to make 'like for like' comparisons. It used to be a simple case of access speed, but in today's applications there are more things to consider than flat out speed.

Memory forms an essential part of any system, often with an overriding impact on the ultimate performance. Yet it seems its selection process hasn't kept pace with its increased complexity and diversity. Are engineers falling back on generic parts in favour of more exotic devices, and potentially forgoing a competitive advantage?

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