The Implications of VLSI ROM Chips on Numerical Analysis.
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RENSSELAER POLYTECHNIC INST TROY NY DEPT OF CIVIL ENGINEERING
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This report presents a detailed overview of the impact of read-only memory ROM chips on computing, and more specifically, numerical analysis. A review of the impact of VLSI technologies is given to indicate the role of ROM chips. A review of available ROM technologies is presented including ROM, PROM, and EPROM chips. A discussion of data storage on ROM is presented covering the mechanics of ROM usage, potential speed increases, programming interfaces, and preparation of data ROM chips through down-line loading. Software on ROM, known as firmware, is discussed similarly and two commercial examples of firmware are presented. Final conclusions highlight the importance of ROM chips for the numerical analyst.
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