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I have seen advertisements for "non-proprietary memory". What does that mean?

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The cynic in me wants to say: It is what it sounds like. It's advertisers throwing around big words again trying to get your money. – Aeo Oct 27 '10 at 16:54
Perhaps an example? – Ivo Flipse Oct 27 '10 at 17:26
Several here… – Steven Oct 27 '10 at 20:06
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It means that the design of the memory has no mask work protection and can be copied and distributed by anyone. I have used this type of memory before and found it works just as well and half the price.

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