Computer Dictionary/Expanded Memory Specification

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(EMS) An IBM PC memory paging scheme enabling

access to memory other than conventional memory in [[Computer Dictionary/real mode|real mode]].

Expanded memory is provided through a page frame of at least 64 kilobytes in the reserved memory address region. Access to this memory is provided by an [[Computer Dictionary/expanded memory manager|expanded memory manager]] (EMM) software. The EMM functions are accessible through interrupt 67H.

In 8086 or 8088 based systems this is the only way to use memory beyond conventional memory. In systems based on 80286 or later, XMS and HMA provide alternative methods.

EMS was developed jointly by Lotus, Intel, and Microsoft prior to 1988. Accordingly, this specification is sometimes referred to as LIM EMS.

A complete discussion of EMS and programming examples can be found in ["PC System Programming for developers", 1989, ISBN 1-55755-035-2 (Book only) and ISBN 1-55755-036-0 (Book and diskette)].

EEMS, a competing expanded memory management standard, was developed by AST Research, Quadram and Ashton-Tate.

See also upper memory block.

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