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Terms related to computer hardware, including definitions about cables, connectors and power supply units and words and phrases about computing peripheral devices including the keyboard, mouse, audio speakers, and printers.

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  • silicon photonics - Silicon photonics is an evolving technology in which data is transferred among computer chips by optical rays.
  • SIMM (single in-line memory module) - A SIMM (single in-line memory module) is a module containing one or several random access memory (RAM) chips on a small circuit board with pins that connect to the computer motherboard.
  • SIMO (single input, multiple output) - SIMO (single input, multiple output) is an antenna technology for wireless communications in which multiple antennas are used at the destination (receiver).
  • SimpliVity - SimpliVity Corp.
  • SISO (single input, single output) - SISO (single input, single output) refers to a wireless communications system in which one antenna is used at the source (transmitter) and one antenna is used at the destination (receiver).
  • small form factor (SFF) - Small form factor (SFF) refers to any of several physically compact connector designs that have been developed for use in fiber optic systems.
  • small form-factor pluggable (SFP) - Small form-factor pluggable (SFP) is a specification for a new generation of optical modular transceivers.
  • smart antenna - A smart antenna is a digital wireless communications antenna system that takes advantage of diversity effect at the source (transmitter), the destination (receiver), or both.
  • smart card - A smart card is a physical card that has an embedded integrated chip that acts as a security token.
  • Smart Display - Smart Display is a wireless touch screen display device in development at Microsoft.
  • smart home or building (home automation or domotics) - A smart home is a residence that uses internet-connected devices to enable the remote monitoring and management of appliances and systems, such as lighting and heating.
  • smart meter - A smart meter is an Internet-capable device that measures energy, water or natural gas consumption of a building or home.
  • smart wristwatch - A smart wristwatch is a wristwatch that not only tells time but, using a wireless connection to an information source, can show you the news, stock, sports scores, or weather; remind you of meetings on your Outlook calendar; provide instant messaging input from others; and update the time when you move to another time zone.
  • smoke testing - Smoke testing, also called build verification testing or build acceptance testing, is nonexhaustive software analysis that ascertains that the most crucial functions of a program work but does not delve into finer details.
  • SMP (symmetric multiprocessing) - SMP (symmetric multiprocessing) is the processing of programs by multiple processors that share a common operating system and memory.
  • softcooling (software cooling) - Softcooling is a software-based method of computer component cooling, conducted either by adjusting component settings or by using softcooling products.
  • SOLED (stacked organic light-emitting device) - SOLED (stacked organic light-emitting device) is a display technology from the Universal Display Corporation (UDC) that uses a stack of transparent organic light-emitting devices (TOLED s) to improve resolution and enhance full-color quality.
  • solid state storage technologies comparison - Solid-state storage (SSS) is an increasingly popular backup alternative to traditional storage technologies such as the hard disk drive (HDD), compact disc, rewriteable (CD-RW), and digital versatile disc RAM (DVD-RAM).
  • solid-state lighting (SSL) - Solid-state lighting (SSL) is a technology in which light-emitting diodes (LEDs) replace conventional incandescent and fluorescent lamps for general lighting purposes.
  • solid-state storage - Solid-state storage (SSS) is a type of computer storage media made from silicon microchips.
  • sonar (sound navigation and ranging) - Sonar is an acronym (like radar, now spelled with all lower-case letters) for sound navigation and ranging.
  • sound card - A sound card (also referred to as an audio card) is a peripheral device that attaches to the ISA or PCI slot on a motherboard to enable the computer to input, process, and deliver sound.
  • Southbridge - Southbridge is an Intel chipset that manages the basic forms of input/output (I/O) such as Universal Serial Bus (USB), serial, audio, Integrated Drive Electronics (IDE), and Industry Standard Architecture (ISA) I/O in a computer.
  • spectrum analyzer - A spectrum analyzer is a device that displays signal amplitude (strength) as it varies by signal frequency.
  • spindle - A spindle is a shaft that holds rotating hard disk drive (HDD) platters in place.
  • spintronics - Spintronics is an emerging field of nanoscale electronics involving the detection and manipulation of electron spin.
  • SSD (solid-state drive) - An SSD (solid-state drive) is a type of nonvolatile storage media that stores persistent data on solid-state flash memory.
  • stale data - In computer processing, if a processor changes the value of an operand and then, at a subsequent time, fetches the operand and obtains the old rather than the new value of the operand, then it is said to have seen stale data.
  • standalone dump - A standalone dump is the copying of the contents of computer main storage (random access memory) to another storage device, usually for the purpose of debugging a programming problem.
  • standardization - Standardization is the process of developing, promoting and possibly mandating standards-based and compatible technologies within a given industry.
  • standby power - Standby power is electrical power that a device consumes when not in present use, but plugged in to a source of power and ready to be used.
  • star network - A star network is a local area network (LAN) in which all nodes (workstations or other devices) are directly connected to a common central computer.
  • stepper motor - A stepper motor is a special type of electric motor that moves in increments, or steps, rather than turning smoothly as a conventional motor does.
  • stepping - Stepping is a number used by Intel to identify what level of design change a microprocessor was built to.
  • storage area management (SAM) - Storage area management (SAM) is a still-evolving set of procedures, services, and standards for comprehensively managing the infrastructure of a storage area network (SAN), including all components within all servers, the disk arrays, the tape libraries, the switches, the routers, and the programs.
  • storage area network (SAN) - A storage area network (SAN) is a dedicated high-speed network or subnetwork that interconnects and presents shared pools of storage devices to multiple servers.
  • storage distance extension - Storage distance extension refers to any of several different technologies that allow data communication in Fibre Channel storage area networks (SANs) over long spans of fiber optic cable.
  • storage medium (storage media) - In computers, a storage medium is any technology -- including devices and materials -- used to place, keep and retrieve electronic data.
  • storage virtualization - Storage virtualization is the pooling of physical storage from multiple storage devices into what appears to be a single storage device -- or pool of available storage capacity -- that is managed from a central console.
  • strange matter - Strange matter is matter consisting of atoms whose nuclei contain pairs of particles called strange quark s.
  • Stratoscale - Stratoscale is a cloud infrastructure vendor offering software-defined data center (SDDC) technology.
  • stress testing - Stress testing is the process of determining the ability of a computer, network, program or device to maintain a certain level of effectiveness under unfavorable conditions.
  • strobe - In computer or memory technology, a strobe is a signal that is sent that validates data or other signals on adjacent parallel lines.
  • superconducting quantum interference device - A superconducting quantum interference device (SQUID) is a mechanism used to measure extremely weak signals, such as subtle changes in the human body's electromagnetic energy field.
  • Superdome - Superdome is a high-end 64-bit, Hewlett-Packard (HP) PA-8600 processor-based UNIX server designed for e-commerce customers using very large databases.
  • Supermicro - Supermicro is a company that specializes in x86-64 server technology.
  • Surface (Microsoft Surface tablet) - Surface is a line of tablet computers from Microsoft.
  • swap file (swap space or pagefile) - A swap file (or swap space or, in Windows NT, a pagefile) is a space on a hard disk used as the virtual memory extension of a computer's real memory (RAM).
  • switch-on-a-chip (SOC) - A switch-on-a-chip (SOC) is a network - typically a storage network - switch (a device that channels incoming data flow from any of multiple input ports to the output port appropriate for its destination) that is built into a single microchip (integrated circuit).
  • systems integrator - A systems integrator is an individual or business that builds computing systems for clients by combining hardware, software, networking and storage products from multiple vendors.
  • tape backup - Tape can help fix an unstructured data backup issue and is a good archiving medium.
  • tape drive - A tape drive is a device that stores computer data on magnetic tape, especially for backup and archiving purposes.
  • telechir - A telechir is a complex robot that is remotely controlled by a human operator in a telepresence system, which gives a person the sense of being on location in a remote, dangerous, or alien environment.
  • Tempest - Tempest was the name of a classified (secret) U.
  • terahertz (THz) - The terahertz, abbreviated THz, is a unit of electromagnetic (EM) wave frequency equal to one trillion hertz (1012 Hz).
  • texture sensing - Texture sensing is the ability of a robot end effector to determine whether a surface is smooth or rough.
  • the Open19 project - The Open19 project is aimed at standardizing servers, storage and networking components into a common set of form factors for any Electronic Industries Association (EIA) 19-inch data center rack.
  • thermal grease (thermal paste or thermal compound) - Thermal grease, also called thermal paste or thermal compound, is a substance used to promote better heat conduction between two surfaces and is commonly used between a microprocessor and a heatsink.
  • thermoelectric cooling - Thermoelectric cooling is a way to remove thermal energy from a medium, device or component by applying a voltage of constant polarity to a junction between dissimilar electrical conductors or semiconductors.
  • thin server - In the computer industry, a thin server is a PC that contains just enough hardware and software to support a particular function that users can share in a network, such as access to files on a storage device, access to CD-ROM drives, printing, or Internet access.
  • thin-film transistor (TFT) - A display screen made with TFT (thin-film transistor) technology is a liquid crystal display (LCD), common in notebook and laptop computers, that has a transistor for each pixel (that is, for each of the tiny elements that control the illumination of your display).
  • thyristor - A thyristor is a four-layer semiconductor device, consisting of alternating P type and N type materials (PNPN).
  • tidal power - Tidal energy is the generation of clean electricity by harnessing potential energy of the shifting water in ocean tides.
  • tiered storage - Tiered storage is a way to assign different categories of data to various types of storage media with the objective of reducing the total cost of storage.
  • Titanium (TiBook) - Titanium is the name of a popular laptop computer from Apple that is encased in titanium, the strong but light metal that is used in supersonic aircraft engines.
  • TOLED (transparent organic light-emitting device) - TOLED (transparent organic light-emitting device) is a display technology being developed by the Universal Display Corporation (UDC) that uses transparent electrodes and light emitting materials in an organic light-emitting device (OLED).
  • Toslink - Toslink is a connector format for fiber optic digital audio cables.
  • touch screen - A touch screen is a computer display screen that is also an input device.
  • tower server - A tower server is a computer intended for use as a server and built in an upright cabinet that stands alone.
  • TrackPoint (pointing stick) - A TrackPoint, also called a pointing stick, is a cursor control device found in IBM ThinkPad notebook computers.
  • transistor-to-transistor logic (TTL) - Transistor-transistor logic (TTL) is a digital logic design in which bipolar transistors act on direct-current pulses.
  • transponder - A transponder is a wireless communications, monitoring, or control device that picks up and automatically responds to an incoming signal.
  • traveling-wave tube (TWT) - A traveling-wave tube (TWT) is a specialized vacuum tube used in wireless communications, especially in satellite systems.
  • Trusted Platform Module (TPM) - A Trusted Platform Module (TPM) is a specialized chip on an endpoint device that stores RSA encryption keys specific to the host system for hardware authentication.
  • turbine - A turbine is a machine that transforms rotational energy from a fluid that is picked up by a rotor system into usable work or energy.
  • turnkey - Turnkey is a product or service that is designed, supplied, built, or installed fully complete and ready to operate.
  • turnkey solution provider - A turnkey solution provider is a solution provider that offers limited consultation and one or more established product packages that allow only minimal configuration.
  • twisted nematic display (TN display) - A twisted nematic (TN) display is a common type of liquid-crystal display (LCD) that consists of a substance called a nematic liquid crystal that is confined between two plates of polarized glass.
  • two-spindle system (twin-spindle system) - A two-spindle system, also called a twin-spindle system, is a computer design with two internal storage drives.
  • UDO (ultra density optical) - Ultra density optical (UDO) is an optical storage technology that increases capacities by using an extremely focused blue laser to write and read data.
  • UHDV (ultra high definition video) - UHDV (ultra high definition video) is a technology that provides video image resolution containing 16 times as many pixels as HDTV (high definition television).
  • Ultra DMA (UDMA or Ultra DMA/33) - Ultra DMA (UDMA, or, more accurately, Ultra DMA/33) is a protocol for transferring data between a hard disk drive through the computer's data paths (or bus) to the computer's random access memory (RAM).
  • ultra-mobile personal computer (UMPC or Ultra-mobile PC) - Ultra-mobile PC (UMPC) is a design specification for a hand-held computer that is larger than a PDA but smaller than a laptop.
  • ultrasound - Ultrasound is acoustic (sound) energy in the form of waves having a frequency above the human hearing range.
  • Unified Extensible Firmware Interface (UEFI) - Unified Extensible Firmware Interface (UEFI) is a specification for a software program that connects a computer's firmware to its operating system (OS).
  • uninterruptible power supply (UPS) - An uninterruptible power supply (UPS) is a device that allows a computer to keep running for at least a short time when the primary power source is lost.
  • United Kingdom Climate Change Act - The United Kingdom Climate Change Act is the world's first legally binding environmental sustainability framework.
  • Universal Asynchronous Receiver/Transmitter (UART) - A UART is the microchip with programming that controls a computer's interface to its attached serial devices.
  • Universal Naming Convention (UNC) - In a network, the Universal Naming Convention (UNC) is a way to identify a shared file in a computer without having to specify (or know) the storage device it is on.
  • USB 3.0 (SuperSpeed USB) - USB 3.0, also known as SuperSpeed USB, is the next major revision of the Universal Serial Bus (USB).
  • USB flash drive - A USB flash drive -- also known as a stick, thumb or pen drive -- is a plug-and-play portable storage device that uses flash memory and can attach to a keychain.
  • VAX (Virtual Address eXtension) - VAX (Virtual Address eXtension) is an established line of mid-range server computers from the Digital Equipment Corporation (DEC).
  • Vblock (VCE Vblock) - Vblock is VCE’s hyper-converged infrastructure (HCI) product family.
  • VCD (video CD or video compact disc) - VCD (also called video CD, video compact disc or "disc") is a compact diskformat based on CD-ROM XAthat is specifically designed to hold MPEG-1video data and to include interactive capabilities.
  • VCR (videocassette recorder) - A VCR (videocassette recorder) is an electromechanical device for recording and playing back full-motion audio-visual programming on cassettes containing magnetic tape.
  • VDT (video display terminal, visual display terminal) - VDT (video display terminal, or sometimes visual display terminal) is a term used, especially in ergonomic studies, for the computer display.
  • vectored interrupt - In a computer, a vectored interrupt is an I/O interrupt that tells the part of the computer that handles I/O interrupts at the hardware level that a request for attention from an I/O device has been received and and also identifies the device that sent the request.
  • vendor-managed inventory (VMI) - Vendor-managed inventory (VMI) is an inventory management technique in which a supplier of goods, usually the manufacturer, is responsible for optimizing the inventory held by a distributor.

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