Notebook computers conventionally operate on volatile memory that is RAM for accessing multiple
programs at once with Speed and efficiency, as RAM is significantly faster than hard disk. When
operating a device with multiple heavy application that requires heavy usage of volatile memory to
process information immediately, RAM helps to succeeded with the task when there is enough of
memory available with the device’s RAM.
In designing notebook computers, there is trade‐off between the size of the RAM to be fitted for
performing better operations. Often devices have limited RAM and the applications that are being
used/ operated needs more memory for faster operations, this requirement may not be fulfilled by
the volatile memory present in the device. Although there have been many advances in the
technology over the years to solve this issue, providing external RAM for uninterrupted services is
still a challenge.
To provide high volatile memory space for faster operations, many manufacturers provide additional
slots to add RAM to their devices for increasing the performance of the devices for performing
various tasks, but this comes with the cost of hardware changes which have some cons associated
Also, when the extended capacity of RAM is not needed it should be plugged out and the actual RAM
of the device should be used, which is not possible in case if additional RAM is added to the device in
its hardware circuitry. Unfortunately, notebook computers often cannot make changes in the
hardware circuitry to meet with the requirement of the RAM.
So, as to address this problem we are proposing to modify the design of the docking stations. We are
proposing to add RAM to dock in docking stations, when an external high capacity volatile memory
will be connected to the notebook computer which can be used whenever required without making
change in device hardware. This will also provide an additional interface between the notebook
computer and the docking station for sharing volatile memory. These modifications are often
implemented at the expense of the ergonomic layout of the docking station and/or additional
equipment and cost.
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INC, HP, "DOCKING STATION WITH ON-DEMAND PHYSICAL MEMORY (RAM) ENHANCE PROCESSING POWER AND USER EXPERIENCE", Technical Disclosure Commons, (December 21, 2020)