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TPC 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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