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Types of ROM

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There are different variations on the classic ROM chips which were manufacturer produced and could not change. The most common are:

Programmable Read-Only Memory (PROM)

This type of ROM can be re-programmed by using a special device called a PROM programmer. Generally, a PROM can only be changed/updated once.

Erasable Programmable Read-Only Memory (EPROM)

This type of ROM can have its contents erased by ultraviolet light and then reprogrammed by an RPROM programmer. This procedure can be carried out many times; however, the constant erasing and rewriting will eventually render the chip useless.

Electrically Erasable Programmable Read-Only Memory (EEPROM)

This type of ROM works in a similar way to Flash memory in that it can its contents can be 'flashed' for erasure ad then written to without having to remove the chip from its environment. EEPROMs are used to store a computer system's BIOS, and can be updated without returning the unit to the factory. In many cases, BIOS updates can be carried out by computer users wishing a BIOS update.

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