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L2 cache
Last modified: Tuesday, October 30, 2001 

Short for Level 2 cache, cache memory that is external to the microprocessor. In general, L2 cache memory, also called the secondary cache, resides on a separate chip from the microprocessor chip. Although, more and more microprocessors are including L2 caches into their architectures.

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PC secondary cache reference guide 
Looks at the secondary cache on the PC motherboard. Describes how the cache works in detail. Discusses cache characteristics, timing, technology types, packaging, and structures.

"Layers" of Cache
Description of Level 2 and 3 cache, as well as disk and peripheral cache. This page is from "The PC Guide".

Cache Characteristics
Describes the different features of the level 2 cache. This page is from "The PC Guide".

Cache Structure and Packaging
Describes the different types of packaging that cache is normally found in. Includes information about integrated Level 2, daughterboard, and motherboard cache, as well as COASt (Cache On A Stick) modules. This page is from "The PC Guide".

Cache Transfer Technologies and Timing
Describes the factors that directly influence the performance of the level 2 cache, including cache bursting and pipeline burst cache. Also included is information on system timing and a comparison of transfer technology. This page is from "The PC Guide".

Function and Operation of the System Cache
Discusses the principles behind the design of cache memory, and explains how the secondary (level 2) cache works in detail. This page is from "The PC Guide".

Troubleshooting the Motherboard and System Devices
Focuses on problems related to the motherboard and system devices, including the components of the motherboard, along with system devices such as the cache and I/O buses, the BIOS and CMOS memory, system resources, and features such as Plug and Play. This page is from "The PC Guide."

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