expanded memory

Also found in: Dictionary, Medical, Legal, Financial, Acronyms, Wikipedia.
Related to expanded memory: Expanded Memory Specification, Extended memory

expanded memory

Memory used through EMS. In systems based on Intel 80386 or later processor expanded memory is part of the extended memory that is mapped into the expanded memory page frame by the processor. The mapping is controlled by the EMM. In earlier systems, a dedicated EMS hardware adaptor is needed to map memory into the page frame. In both cases, an appropriate device driver is needed for the proper communication between hardware and EMM.
This article is provided by FOLDOC - Free Online Dictionary of Computing (foldoc.org)


(Expanded Memory Manager) Starting with 386-based PCs, an EMM is software that converts extended memory (beyond one megabyte) into EMS memory, the first technique used to increase memory in the PC. In the very first PCs (XTs and ATs), EMS was provided by plugging in EMS boards. See EMS.


(1) (Enhanced Message Service) An extension to the original cellphone text messaging service (see SMS) that added formatted text, icons, animations and ringtones. Introduced in 2001 by Alcatel, Ericsson, Motorola and Siemens, EMS was superseded by full multimedia support (see MMS).

(2) (Electronic Message Service) The part of the radio spectrum assigned to electronic messaging over digital satellite circuits.

(3) (Electronics Manufacturing Services) A company that makes electronic devices for other companies. See contract manufacturer.

(4) (Enterprise Messaging Server) The original name for Microsoft's Exchange Server. See Microsoft Exchange.

(5) The plural of "em" spacing. See em.

(6) (Expanded Memory Specification) A technique that allowed DOS to reach beyond 1MB of RAM. Introduced in 1985, EMS provided access to 4MB, 8MB and later 32MB of expanded memory by bank switching through a 64KB page frame in the upper memory area between 640K and 1M (see UMA). Users had to specify how much EMS was needed, and applications had to be written for EMS (Lotus 1-2-3, AutoCAD, etc.), or they were run with EMS-compliant software such as DESQview. In IBM PC XTs and ATs, EMS required a board and driver, but 386 PCs could create EMS from extended memory. When Windows came out, it allocated EMS automatically. See DESQview and extended memory.

expanded storage

Additional memory in IBM mainframes that is not normally addressable by applications. Introduced for the 3090 series, the data are usually transferred in 4K pages from expanded storage to central storage (main memory). See hiperspace.
Copyright © 1981-2019 by The Computer Language Company Inc. All Rights reserved. THIS DEFINITION IS FOR PERSONAL USE ONLY. All other reproduction is strictly prohibited without permission from the publisher.
References in periodicals archive ?
With its expanded memory, the N95 8GB offers up to 20 hours of video or up to 6,000 songs.
The 4MB device, which will debut this November in the US and in this country shortly after, will be used in conjunction with the N64's existing controllers to provide games with expanded memory needed for gameplay improvements, including higher resolution textures, less foggy open areas, and improved AI.
The PC side of the Integrated Server had to run OS/2 Warp, which is used to manage access to disk resources and presumably is also used to create virtual expanded memory from PC memory (specs are not given for it) for the S/390 daughter card like the original P/390 did running AIX.
I was in the middle of a tax return, so I didn't look up when I said, "It uses expanded memory. Just run Memmaker."
Extended and expanded memory enable DOS machines to utilize memory beyond the 640K barrier.
Expanded memory is memory in excess of 1,024 KB that can be readdressed to appear as if it resides in upper memory.
The expanded memory also increases the number of instrument states that can be stored in internal memory from five to 32.
For example, the difference between expanded memory and extended memory should be highlighted by emphasizing the "PA" of exPAnded or "TE" of exTEnded--otherwise the words are identical.
One thing to remember, though, is that Windows converts practically all of your memory into extended memory while Lotus can only use expanded memory. To prevent "out of memory" messages, you need to go into 123 DOS, select Worksheet-Global-Default, and check the box that says "enhanced memory on".
And DOS applications can each access up to 48MB of expanded memory.

Full browser ?