Classic Computer Magazine Archive COMPUTE! ISSUE 56 / JANUARY 1985 / PAGE 10

Apple RAM Cards And Language Cards

I have frequently heard of RAM cards and lan­guage cards. What's the difference?

David Chow

These terms usually apply to accessories for Apple II-series computers. A RAM card is a plug-in board with extra Random Access Memory. The RAM can be used as extra memory if the ROM (Read Only Memory) is mapped out. A language card is a RAM card that is used to load a programming language (such as Pascal) on powerup. Instead of residing in ROM, the language is loaded into the RAM in place of the ROM used by BASIC. Not all RAM cards can act as language cards. Similar accessories are available for computers like the Commodore 64 and Atari.