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Terms related to peripheral devices including definitions about keyboards or mice and words and phrases about printers, monitors, digital cameras and scanners.

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  • 3D mouse - A 3D mouse is a pointing and control device specialized for movement in virtual 3D (three-dimensional) environments.
  • AAUI (Apple attachment unit interface) - An AAUI (Apple attachment unit interface) is the 14- or 15-pin port or connection interface on earlier models of Macintosh computers that allowed it to be connected by a short interface cable (or "transceiver") to an Ethernet cable.
  • abacus - An abacus is a manual aid to calculating that consists of beads or disks that can be moved up and down on a series of sticks or strings within a usually wooden frame.
  • ABCD data switch - An ABCD data switch is a small box that lets you hook up to four devices from one PC serial or parallel port on your computer.
  • Accelerated Graphics Port (AGP) - Accelerated Graphics Port (AGP) is an interface specification that enables 3-D graphics to display quickly on ordinary personal computers.
  • acceleration hardware - Acceleration hardware is a general term that refers to devices that speed up data communications, storage and retrieval, encryption and decryption, mathematical operations, graphics, and Web page viewing.
  • access time - Access time is the time from the start of one storage device access to the time when the next access can be started.
  • active matrix display (thin film transistor or TFT) - Active matrix (also known as thin film transistor or TFT) is a technology used in the flat panel liquid crystal displays of notebook and laptop computers.
  • add-on - An add-on is either a hardware unit that can be added to a computer to increase its capabilities or a program utility that enhances a primary program.
  • ADF (automatic document feed) - In printer specifications, ADF stands for automatic document feed.
  • Advanced Function Printing (AFP) - Advanced Function Printing (AFP) is an IBM architecture and family of associated printer software and hardware that provides document and information presentation control independent of specific applications and devices.
  • aggregator - Like its synonym concentrator, an aggregator is any device that serves multiple other devices or users either with its own capabilities or by forwarding transmissions in a more concentrated and economical way.
  • AIT (advanced intelligent tape) - AIT (advanced intelligent tape) is a magnetic tape and drive system used for computer data storage and archiving.
  • AMR (Audio/Modem Riser or AMR slot) - AMR (Audio/Modem Riser) is a specification developed by Intel for packaging the analog I/O audio functions of modem circuitry together with a codec chip (which converts back and forth from analog to digital) on a small board that plugs directly into a computer's motherboard.
  • Apple iOS in the Car - iOS in the Car is Apple technology that integrates the iPhone with an automobile's built-in dashboard display, audio system and controls.
  • ASIO (Audio Stream Input/Output) - ASIO (Audio Stream Input/Output), developed by Steinberg, is a cross-platform, multi-channel audio transfer protocol that is being adopted by many of the manufacturers of audio/MIDI sequencing applications.
  • ASPI (Advanced SCSI Programming Interface) - ASPI (Advanced SCSI Programming Interface) specifies how an application program can communicate with a SCSI (Small Computer System Interface) device through a common SCSI device driver.
  • ASPI driver (Advanced SCSI Programming Interface driver) - In a personal computer, an ASPI driver is a software driver or program that uses the Advanced SCSI Programming Interface (ASPI) protocol to interface with the Small Computer System Interface (SCSI) bus.
  • ATA (Advanced Technology Attachment) - ATA (Advanced Technology Attachment) is the official name that American National Standards Institute group X3T10 uses for what the computer industry calls Integrated Drive Electronics (IDE).
  • ATAPI (AT Attachment Packet Interface) - ATAPI (AT Attachment Packet Interface) is an interface between your computer and attached CD-ROM drives and tape backup drives.
  • ATU-R (ADSL Terminal Unit - Remote) - An ATU-R (ADSL Terminal Unit - Remote), sometimes called an "ADSL modem," is a hardware unit that is installed in any computer that uses a telephone company connection with Asymmetric Digital Subscriber Line (ADSL) service.
  • audio - Audio is sound within the acoustic range available to humans.
  • AUI (attachment unit interface) - The AUI (attachment unit interface) is the 15-pin physical connector interface between a computer's network interface card (NIC) and an Ethernet cable.
  • AutoRun - AutoRun is a feature of the Windows operating system that causes predetermined actions when certain media is inserted.
  • backup - Backup refers to the copying of physical or virtual files or databases to a secondary location for preservation in case of equipment failure or catastrophe.
  • backup robot - A backup robot is an automated external USB storage device that supports multiple removable SATA hard drives.
  • barcode printer - A barcode printer is a printer designed to produce barcode labels which can be attached to other objects.
  • barcode reader (POS scanner, bar code reader, price scanner) - A barcode reader, also called a price scanner or point-of-sale (POS) scanner, is a hand-held or stationary input device used to capture and read information contained in a bar code.
  • Blu-ray - Blu-ray is an optical disc format designed to display high definition video and store large amounts of data.
  • blue laser - A blue laser is a laser (pronounced LAY-zer) with a shorter wavelength than the red laser used in today's compact disc and laser printer technologies and the ability to store and read two to four times the amount of data.
  • bone-conducted audio - Bone-conducted audio is a sound technology that relies upon vibrations resonating through bone surrounding the ear.
  • bonephones - Bonephones are headphones that are based on bone-conduction audio technology.
  • bootable floppy - A bootable floppy is a diskette containing a back-up copy of your hard disk master boot record (MBR).
  • Braille display - A Braille display is a device, typically attachable to a computer keyboard, that allows a blind person to read the contents of a display one text line at a time in the form of a line of Braille characters.
  • brain-computer interface (BCI) - Brain-computer interface (BCI) is a collaboration between a brain and a device that enables signals from the brain to direct some external activity, such as control of a cursor or a prosthetic limb.
  • brightness - Hue, saturation, and brightness are aspects of color in the red, green, and blue (RGB) scheme.
  • built-in duplexing - In printer specifications, built-in duplexing is the ability a printer has to print on both sides of the paper.
  • burn-in - Burn-in is a test in which a system or component is made to run for an extended period of time to detect problems.
  • BURN-Proof (Buffer Under Run Error Proof) - BURN-Proof (Buffer Under Run Error Proof) is a technology developed by Sanyo that allows compact disc (CD) recording to automatically stop in the event of an unplanned interruption and then to resume recording.
  • bus - In a computer or on a network, a bus is a transmission path on which signals are dropped off or picked up at every device attached to the line.
  • caddy - A caddy is the plastic case that enclosed a CD-ROM disk in the period when players required them.
  • camcorder (camera recorder) - A camcorder (camera recorder) is a portable electronic recording device capable of recording live-motion video and audio for later playback.
  • card (or expansion card , board , or adapter) - A card (or expansion card, board, or adapter) is circuitry designed to provide expanded capability to a computer.
  • cathode ray tube (CRT) - A cathode ray tube (CRT) is a specialized vacuumtube in which images are produced when an electron beam strikes aphosphorescent surface.
  • CD burner (CD recorder) - A CD burner is the informal name for a CD recorder, a device that can record data to a compact disc.
  • CD-Bridge Disc - A CD-Bridge Disc (sometimes just called a bridge disc) is a compact disc (CD) format that includes extra information on a CD-ROM XA (extended architecture) track, so that the disc can be played on either a CD-i (interactive) player attached to a television, or a CD-ROM XA drive attached to a computer.
  • CD-Magneto Optical (CD-MO) - CD-Magneto Optical (CD-MO) is a compact disc format that uses magnetic fields for data storage.
  • CD-R (compact disc, recordable) - CD-R (for compact disc, recordable) is a type of write once, read many (WORM) compact disc (CD) format that allows one-time recording on a disc.
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  • CD-RW (compact disc, rewriteable) - CD-RW (for compact disc, rewriteable) is a compact disc (CD) format that allows repeated recording on a disc.
  • Centrino - Centrino is a technology package from Intel that provides built-in wireless support for laptop computers while making it possible to run a laptop all day (up to seven hours) without a battery recharge.
  • Centronics parallel interface - The Centronics parallel interface is an older and still widely-used standard I/O interface for connecting printers and certain other devices to computers.
  • Chameleon Card - The Chameleon Card is a programmable card in development at Chameleon Network that can represent each of the owner's credit, debit, and customer cards as required, making it unnecessary to carry all of the aforementioned.
  • channel partner - A channel partner is a person or organization that provides services or sells products on behalf of a software, hardware, networking or cloud services vendor.
  • Citrix X1 Mouse - The Citrix X1 Mouse is a small Bluetooth device that allows users to navigate Windows virtual desktops and applications on mobile devices.
  • cold backup (offline backup) - Cold backups are ideal for disaster recovery because they protect important data.
  • coldset Web offset printing (non-heatset) - Coldset Web offset printing (also known as non-heatset) is a Web offset printing process in which ink is allowed to dry naturally through evaporation and absorption.
  • Communication and Networking Riser (CNR) - Communication and Networking Riser (CNR), which was developed by Intel, is an open industry standard for a scalable riser card, which is a hardware device that plugs into a motherboard and holds chips for functions like modems and audio devices.
  • compact disc (CD) - A compact disc is a portable storage medium that can be used for recording, storing and playing back audio, video and other data in digital form.
  • CompactFlash card (CF card) - A CompactFlash card (CF card) is a memory card format developed by SanDisk in 1994 that uses flash memory technology to store data on a very small portable device.
  • compatibility - Compatibility is the capacity for two systems to work together without having to be altered to do so.
  • computer worm - A computer worm is a type of malicious software program whose primary function is to infect other computers while remaining active on infected systems.
  • Content Protection for Removable Media (CPRM) - Content Protection for Removable Media (CPRM) is a hardware-based technology designed to enforce copy protection restrictions through built-in mechanisms in storage media that would prevent unauthorized file copying.
  • controller - A controller, in a computing context, is a hardware device or a software program that manages or directs the flow of data between two entities.
  • cordless mouse - A cordless mouse frees you from cord problems.
  • CPE device - A CPE device is telecommunications hardware located at the home or business of a customer.
  • CrackBerry - CrackBerry is a nickname for the BlackBerry handheld device.
  • customer churn (customer attrition) - Customer churn, also called customer attrition, is the number of paying customers who fail to become repeat customers.
  • DAT (Digital Audio Tape) - DAT (Digital Audio Tape) is a standard medium and technology for the digitalrecording of audioon tape at a professional level of quality.
  • DAT USB drive - A DAT USB drive is a tape drive with digital audio tape (DAT) that can be plugged into a Universal Serial Bus (USB) connection as a simple and relatively low-cost way to back up data routinely, especially on servers.
  • data availability - Data availability is a term used by some computer storage manufacturers and storage service providers (SSPs) to describe products and services that ensure that data continues to be available at a required level of performance in situations ranging from normal through "disastrous.
  • data glove - A data glove is an interactive device, resembling a glove worn on the hand, which facilitates tactile sensing and fine-motion control in robotics and virtual reality.
  • data storage - Data storage is the collective methods and technologies that capture and retain digital information on electromagnetic, optical or silicon-based storage media.
  • datacard - A datacard is any removable computer component, approximately the size of a credit card, that contains data, or that contains nonvolatile memory to which data can be written and from which data can be recovered.
  • daughterboard (or daughter board, daughter card, or daughtercard) - A daughterboard (or daughter board, daughter card, or daughtercard) is a circuit board that plugs into and extends the circuitry of another circuit board.
  • DB-xx (DB-9, DB-15, DB-25, DB-50, DB-68) - DB-xx is the designation for a series of port connectors for attaching devices to computers.
  • DDR SDRAM (double data rate SDRAM) - DDR SDRAM (double data rate SDRAM) is synchronous dynamic RAM (SDRAM) that can theoretically improve memory clock speed to at least 200 MHz*.
  • defragmentation - Defragmentation is the process of locating the noncontiguous fragments of data into which a computer file may be divided as it is stored on a hard disk, and rearranging the fragments and restoring them into fewer fragments or into the whole file.
  • digiboard (or digicard) - Digiboard or digicard is a generic name for a serial port card made by Digi International.
  • digital print management - Digital printing is any printing technology (laserjet printer, for instance) that is capable of producing printed materials directly from a computer file.
  • Digital Signage (dynamic signage) - Digital signage, also called dynamic signage, is a specialized form of slivercasting in which video or multimedia content is displayed in public places for informational or advertising purposes.
  • Digital Video Express (Divx) - No longer sold, Divx (Digital Video Express) was a video movie rental system for digital versatile disk -formatted disks.
  • digitization - Digitization is the process of converting information into a digital format.
  • digitizer tablet (digitizer or graphics tablet) - A digitizer tablet (also known as a digitizer or graphics tablet) is a tool used to convert hand-drawn images into a format suitable for computer processing.
  • Direct Memory Access (DMA) - Direct Memory Access (DMA) is a capability provided by some computer bus architectures that allows data to be sent directly from an attached device (such as a disk drive) to the memory on the computer's motherboard.
  • direct-attached storage (DAS) - Direct-attached storage (DAS) is computer storage that is connected to one computer and not accessible to other computers.
  • disk duplexing - Disk duplexing is a variation of disk mirroring in which each of multiple storage disks has its own SCSI controller.
  • disk-to-disk-to-tape (D2D2T) - Disk-to-disk-to-tape (D2D2T) is an approach to computer storage backup and archiving in which data is initially copied to backup storage on a disk and then later on copied again to tape.
  • diskette (floppy disk) - A diskette is a random access, removable data storage medium that can be used with personal computers.
  • display modes - The term display mode refers to the characteristics of a computer display, in particular the maximum number of colors and the maximum image resolution (in pixels horizontally by pixels vertically).
  • DLT (digital linear tape) - Before the popular Linear Tape-Open Consortium came into existence, Quantum had its proprietary digital linear tape (DLT) format.
  • docking station - A docking station is a hardware frame and set of electrical connection interfaces that enable a notebook computer to effectively serve as a desktop computer.
  • document reader - A document reader is a device that converts an electronic file or printed matter to a form suitable for use by people with visual impairment.
  • dot pitch - The dot pitch specification for a display monitor tells you how sharp the displayed image can be.
  • DOT4 - DOT4 is a protocol that allows a device that is part of a multifunction peripheral (MFP) to send and receive multiple data packets simultaneously across a single physical channel to other devices on the MFP.
  • double-parity RAID - Double-parity RAID (redundant array of independent disks), also called diagonal-parity RAID, Advanced Data Guarding (RAID_ADG), or RAID-6, is a method of protecting against multiple storage drive failures by creating two sets of parity data on an array of hard disks.
  • driver - A driver is a program that interacts with a particular device or special (frequently optional) kind of software.
  • driver development kit (DDK) - A driver development kit (DDK) is a set of programs and related files that are used to develop a new software or hardware driver or to update an existing legacy application driver for an operating system.
  • DSLR camera (digital single lense reflux) - When talking about digital cameras, DSLR means digital single lense reflux.

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