NTLK Re: ? about sram card was newt.

From: Stainless Steel Rat (ratinox@peorth.gweep.net)
Date: Tue Jun 06 2000 - 22:22:04 CDT

* "Dan Barber" <xy3951@epix.net> on Tue, 06 Jun 2000
| One thing about Sram, it does not wear out like Flash will. Oh sure
| everything fails eventually, but flash has a definiate usable life limit.

Yes, it is true that flash, being a form of eeprom, has a limited life.
However, each flash cell (similar to a sector on a diskette) is good for
something like 100,000 write cycles, and the flash hardware distributes
writes so that optimally no cell is written a second time until all other
unallocated cells are written once. The low-level flash manager will also
automatically and transparently move data from static cells to dynamic
cells to spread out the "wear" on the bank. In other words, it is not
something to worry about unless your Newt is in a laboratory set up
specifically to cause flash wearout.

The one true benefit of SRAM over flash is that it is much faster on both
read and write cycles.

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