inter-leave

Definition: (1) Type of design for RAM (Random Access Memory) that speeds up operation. * The total RAM is divided into memory boards e.g. SIMMs or DIMMS which are slotted in by pairs e.g. instead of one SIMM of 32MB, two SIMMs of 16MB are used in paired slots. Data can be (a) read off in larger chunks than with non-interleaved RAM and (b) can be shared sequentially between pairs of slots, enabling the microprocessor to read one off while the other half is being refreshed. (2) Arrangement of the sectors of a hard-disk to optimise data transfer. * Sectors or blocks of data which are arranged one after another will pass data to the reading head faster than the hard-disk controller can handle. Inter-leaving creates an ordered but non-sequential arrangement of sectors. (3) Insertion of neutral buffered papers between prints or pages of an album to prevent the front surface of the print being marked, to help conserve them during storage.

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