Re: [NTLK] A hardware question

From: Phil Muller <>
Date: Fri Aug 07 2009 - 17:25:41 EDT

On Fri, Aug 7, 2009 at 3:21 PM, M. Horvat <> wrote:
> How many of the chips (and other components) used in Newton devices are
> still in production? I'm mostly worried about the flash memory, as it only
> has a finite number of write cycles, and since the Newton saves data each
> time you e.g. enter new text into a note, it probably uses up those cycles
> faster than other devices. (Also, what happens when flash memory wears out?
> I read the whole articles on flash memory on Wikipedia, but I didn't find
> the answer. Google couldn't find it either.)

I doubt any of the memory chips used in the Newton are in production
anymore. Even if they were, it would not be cost effective enough to
purchase and then spend the effort required to unsolder them and re-solder
new ones. Emates can be had for as little as 30USD on eBay these days. I
have multiple motherboards for my 2000U in a electronics dessicator waiting
to come to life with a previous backup when required.
Phil Muller

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