Common Tech Acronyms

— A —

ADSL – Asymmetric Digital Subscriber Line
AGP – Accelerated Graphics Port
ALI – Acer Labs, Incorporated
ALU – Arithmetic Logic Unit
AMD – Advanced Micro Devices
APC – American Power Conversion
APX – AirPort eXtreme
ASCII – American Standard Code for Information Interchange
ASIC – Application Specific Integrated Circuit
ASPI – Advanced SCSI Programming Interface
AT – Advanced Technology
ATA – Advanced Technology Attachment
ATI – ATI Technologies Inc. (Array Technology Inc.)
ATX – Advanced Technology Extended
AVR – Automatic Voltage Regulator

— B —

BFG – BFG Technologies
BIOS – Basic Input Output System
BNC – Barrel Nut Connector
BSOD – Blue Screen of Death
BT – Bluetooth or BitTorrent

— C —

CAD – Computer Aided Design
CAS – Column Address Strobe
CCFL – Cold Cathode Flourescent Lamp
CD – Compact Disk
CDR – Compact Disk Recorder
CDRW – Compact Disk Re-Writer
CD-ROM – Compact Disk – Read Only Memory
CE – Consumer Electronics
CFM – Cubic Feet per Minute (ft³/min)
CGA – Color Graphics Adapter
CMOS – Complementary Metal Oxide Semiconductor
COA – Certificate of Authenticity
CPU – Central Processing Unit
CTX – CTX Technology Corporation (Commited to Excellence)

— D —

DD – Dolby Digital
DDR – Double Data Rate
DDR-SDRAM – Double Data Rate – Synchronous Dynamic Random Access Memory
DFI – DFI Inc. (Design for Innovation)
DHCP- Dynamic Host Configuration Protocol
DHT – Digital Home Theather
DIMM – Dual Inline Memory Module
DL – Download
DMA – Direct Memory Access
DRAM – Dynamic Random Access Memory
DPI – Dots Per Inch
DTS – Digital Theater Systems
DSL – See ASDL
DVD – Digital Versatile Disc
DVD-RAM – Digital Versatile Disk – Random Access Memory

DVD-RW – Digital Versatile Disc Re-Writer

— E —

EAX – Environmental Audio Extensions
ECC – Error Correction Code
ECS – Elitegroup Computer Systems
EDO – Extended Data Out
EEPROM – Electrically Erasable Programmable Read-Only Memory
EPROM – Erasable Programmable Read-Only Memory
EVGA – EVGA Corporation

— F —

FC-PGA – Flip Chip Pin Grid Array
FCC – Federal Communications Commission
FDC – Floppy Disk Controller
FDD – Floppy Disk Drive
FPS – Frame Per Second
FPU – Floating Point Unit
FSAA – Full Screen Anti-Aliasing
FS – For Sale
FSB – Front Side Bus

— G —

GB – Gigabytes
GBps – Gigabytes per second or Gigabits per second
GDI – Graphical Device Interface
GHz – GigaHertz
GNU – Gnu’s Not Unix
GPL – GNU Public License
GPU – Graphical Processing Unit

— H —

HDD – Hard Disk Drive
HIS – Hightech Information System Limited
HP – Hewlett-Packard Development Company
HSF – Heatsink-Fan
HT – Hyper-Threading
HTML – Hyper Text Markup Language
HTTP – HyperText Transfer Protocol

— I —

IBM – International Business Machines Corporation
IC – Integrated Circuit
IDE – Integrated Drive Electronics or Integrated Development Environment
IFS- Item for Sale
IP – Internet Protocol
IPOD – Internet Pod (Apple)
IrDA – Infrared Data Association
IRQ – Interrupt Request
ISA – Industry Standard Architecture
ISO – International Standards Organization

— J —

JBL – JBL (James B. Lansing) Speakers
JEDEC -Joint Electron Device Engineering Council
JVC – Japan’s Victor Company

— K —

KB – Keyboard, Kilo Bytes
Kbps – Kilobits Per Second
KBps – KiloBytes per second
KVM – Keyboard Video Mouse (Switch)

— L —

LG – LG (Life’s Good) Electronics
LAN – Local Area Network
LCD – Liquid Crystal Display
LDT – Lightning Data Transport
LED – Light Emitting Diode
LF – Looking For
LGA – Land Grid Array

— M —

MAC – Media Access Control
MB – MotherBoard or Megabyte
MBps – Megabytes Per Second
Mbps – Megabits Per Second or Megabits Per Second
MHz – MegaHertz
MIPS – Million Instructions Per Second
MMX – Multi-Media Extensions
MoBo – MotherBoard
MORPG – Multiplayer online role-playing game
MSI – Micro Star International

— N —

NAS – Network Attached Storage
NAT – Network Address Translation
NEC – Nippon Electronics Corporation
NIC – Network Interface Card

— O —

OC – Overclock (Over Clock)
OCZ – OCZ Technology
OEM – Original Equipment Manufacturer

— P —

PC – Personal Computer
PCB – Printed Circuit Board
PCI – Peripheral Component Interconnect
PDA – Personal Digital Assistant
PDF – Portable Document Format
PCMCIA – Personal Computer Memory Card International Association
PGA – Professional Graphics Array
PIB – Policy Information Base or Processor in a Box (AMD)
PING- packet Internet Grouper
PIO – Programmed Input/Output
PLD – Programmable Logic Device
PM – Private Message / Private Messaging
PnP – Plug ‘n Play
PNY – PNY Technology
POP – Post Office Protocol
POP3 – Post Office Protocol Version 3
POST – Power On Self Test
PPPoA – Point-to-Point Protocol over ATM
PPPoE – Point-to-Point Protocol over Ethernet
PQI – PQI Corporation
PSU – Power Supply Unit

— Q —

QoS- quality of service

— R —

RAID – Redundant Array of Independent (or inexpensive) Disk
RAM – Random Access Memory
RAMDAC – Random Access Memory Digital Analog Convertor
RDRAM – Rambus Dynamic Random Access Memory
RMA – Returned Merchandise Authorization
ROM – Read Only Memory
RPG – Role Playing Game
RPM – Revolutions Per Minute
RSA – Rivest, Shamir, & Adleman (public key encryption technology)
RSS – Really Simple Syndication
RTS – Real Time Strategy

— S —

SATA – Serial ATA
SASID – Self-scanned Amorphous Silicon Integrated Display
SB – Sound Blaster
SC – Sound Card
SCA – SCSI Configured Automatically
SCSI – Small Computer System Interface
SD – Secure Disk
SDRAM – Synchronous Dynamic Random Access Memory
SIMM – Single Inline Memory Module
SLI – Scalable Link Interface
SMT – Simultaneous Multi-Threading
SECC – Single Edge Contact Connector
SODIMM – Small Outline Dual Inline Memory Module
SOHO – Small Office Home Office
SPARC – Scalable Processor ArChitecture
SPKR – Speaker SRAM – Static Random Access Memory
SSE – Streaming SIMD Extensions
SVGA – Super Video Graphics Array
S/PDIF – Sony/Philips Digital Interface

— T —

TB – Terabytes
TBps – Terabytes per second
Tbps – Terabits per second
TDK – Tokyo Denkikagaku Kogyo Electronics
TEC – Thermoelectric Cooler
TPC – TipidPC
TPS – Transaction Per Second
TWAIN – Technology Without An Important Name

— U —

UART – Universal Asynchronous Receiver/Transmitter
UPS – Uninterruptible Power Supply
URL – Uniform Resource Locator
USB – Universal Serial Bus
UTP – Unshieled Twisted Pair

— V —

VC – Video Card
VCD – Video CD
VGA – Video Graphics Adapter
VIRUS – Vital Information Resources Under Siege
VPN – Virtual Private Network
VoIP – Voice over IP
VT – Vanderpool Technology

— W —

WAN – Wide Area Network
WIFI – Wireless Fidelity
WIMAX – Worldwide Interoperability Microwave Access
WINE – Windows Emulator
WTB – Want to Buy
WWW World Wide Web
WYSIWYG – What You See Is What You Get

— X —

XGA – Extended Graphics Array
XFX – XFX (Crossfix) Graphics, a Division of Pine
XMS – Extended Memory Specification
XT – Extended Technology

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