The idea of staking a portion or the entire ROM as RAM and vice vasa, may come as a stretch of the technical possibilities in today’s technology.
But as a case of fact, it is possible to convert certain part of your ROM storage to RAM.
This process of converting ROM to RAM has been used by two major companies on their smartphone devices.
Before we dive into this topic, let’s tick some basics shall we?
What is a RAM?
RAM is an abbreviation for RANDOM ACCESS MEMORY.
Also a RAM severs as a middle man between the ROM and the CPU [chipset]. A RAM is the linkage between the files stored on the ROM and the CPU.
Remember when you were in primary (or elementary) school and you needed to solve math problems?
Yeah, most of the time, you might have needed a piece of disposable paper to work with.
You used that paper to count, subtract or divide and as soon as you got your answers,
you simply squeezed the paper into a ball and tossed it away.
Some of us didn’t use pieces of paper.
We made do with the back pages of our notebooks or even bought a special note for counting;
You get the idea.
When calculating, you needed a temporary space to work with and as soon as you were done,
you cleared your desk.
That piece of paper you used to solve that math problem could be said to be your RAM” Atheistandproud
What is a ROM?
ROM is expantiated as READ ONLY MEMORY.
The ROM of a device is where all files are stored for temporary or constant use. The rom of a device can be said to be the main house, where everything is kept.
Merging ROM/RAM into a single component?
This is a lot complex than it sounds and requires certain level of expertise.
Two companies have managed to archive this, though in a small quantity, the companies are OPPO and VIVO.
Vivo earlier this year, unveiled the Vivo X60 pro plus with a one of its kind feature.
This feature on the Vivo X60 pro plus, allows the device to virtually convert 3gigs of ROM/internal storage to RAM; amazing right?
Oppo also took this path by unveiling the same tech on their newly launched Oppo Reno 6 Pro.
How to convert an entire ROM into RAM:
Oppo and Vivo only made use of a meager part of their respective devices storage for ram use, but what we are proposing is the ability to use the entire ROM as both rom and ram.
This process can be archived by tailoring the system or chipset of a devices to store permanent files and also cache app activities and process on the ROM.
The work load of using ROM for RAM purpose goes to the system or chipset of the specific device, making it more of a software or virtual process than a hardware.
Possible disadvantage of a device using ROM for RAM purposes.
Since the major mechanism or driver of a device is the CPU, the job of systematically using ROM as RAM goes to the chipset.
Arguably, this process might result to slower operation of the device as the system would find it complex choosing which data is a process and which is a file during operation.
This kind of task takes off the workload from the manufacturer of the said device, dumps that stress on the chipset manufacturer.
This special kind of chipset would need a CPU that processes all its data on the ROM.
Instead of the usual case of CPU saving process on the RAM, before accessing files on the ROM for easy remembrance.
Advantages of using ROM for RAM activities.
It’s no news that every component of a device costs money, with the eradication of RAM from the list of needed material for a smartphone, the cost of producing the said device will drop, however small it may be.
Also, the need to keep increasing RAM will finally be a thing of the past, as you can virtually have a 128gig of ROM as RAM, leaving your device with plenty of room to store as many process as possible.
This analysis is theoretical and we at allroundreview have no means [yet] of testing these ideas in reality.
we do believe it is actually possible and the only challenge is deciding to do it.
Vivo did it with their flagship X60 pro plus that is powered by the SD888 chipset.
Oppo has done it with the Reno 6 Pro that is driven by Mediatek Dimensity 1200.
Conclusively, the above reality shows that there is no deficiency as regards to your chipset of choice, the real task is tricking the system to seeing the ROM as both RAM and ROM.
At allroundreview, we do believe that it’s only a matter of time thanks to amazing strides from the Technological aspects of the human advancement, RAM will soon become a thing of old tales.
We have an on going poll on twitter where we asked our esteemed followers how long before a company finds a way to completely replace RAM or merge RAM/ROM?
We would love to hear your thoughts on this topic.
Until the next one, ZesusHV. Do have splendid day.