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Chapter 2. CREATING CONTENT FOR THE POCK... > MEMORY AND MEMORY MANAGEMENT WITH FL...

MEMORY AND MEMORY MANAGEMENT WITH FLASH FOR THE POCKET PC

If you’re an old-timer like some of the authors of this book, you may recall when 64k of RAM was more than you’d ever need and a floppy disk was truly, floppy. Well, now we’ve gone back in time a bit, not that far to TRS-80s but to a few years ago where Pentium 100s and 64MB of RAM was the norm.

All the devices that support the Pocket PC 2002 operating system have at least 32MB of RAM and sometimes up to 64MB. That’s a pretty fair amount of storage. Most users have 5–6MB free at any given time for applications. Also, you may hear the term “flashable ROM,” it has nothing to do with Flash, but it’s still very cool. Basically, flashable ROM allows all the new Pocket PCs to be upgraded to the next version of the operating system. The Compaq iPAQ was the first to support this and it could be the reason they sold over one million in just under a year!


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