random access memory [RAM]

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(pronounced “RAM”) (n.) A memory storage chip installed in a computer. RAM holds information that a microprocessor can access rapidly. Generally, the operating system and the application programs are loaded into RAM. This part of a computer’s memory can read (find and display) and write (record) information, and the user can update or amend it. RAM takes the form of a volatile integrated circuit (IC) containing Static RAM (SRAM) or Dynamic RAM (DRAM). In RAM, the order in which the microprocessor accesses different locations does not affect the speed of access.