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Computing (FOLDOC) dictionary
linear address space
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A memory addressing scheme used in processors where the whole
memory can be accessed using a single address that fits in a
single register or instruction. This contrasts with a
segmented memory architecture, such as that used on the
Intel 8086, where an address is given by an offset from a
base address held in one of the "segment registers". Linear
addressing greatly simplifies programming at the assemblylanguage level but requires more instruction word bits to be
allocated for an address.