attachment packet interface. This is an extension to the
interface specification that additionally supports CD-ROMand tape drives.
AMD’s processor, the Athlon XP, has a slower clockspeed than its predecessors, but thanks to some clever tweaksof the architecture it is outperforming all the competition.
audio video interleave. Designed by Microsoft to combineaudio and video in a single track or frame to keep themsynchronised. Files can be compressed using various audioand video coders (coder/decoder).
The most common type of network. Data istransmitted digitally, each wire carrying one signal at a time.
beginner’s all-purpose symbolic instruction code. Apopular and simple programming language, which useseasy-to-understand statements. Microsoft’s Visual Basicprovides a graphical interface for writing programs.
basic input/output system. Software stored in ROM(read-only memory) and used to start a PC when it isswitched on. It checks that all required hardware componentssuch as memory, disk drives and keyboard are present, loadskey parts of the operating system and tells it what hardwareis available.
The smallest unit of data, which has a value of 1 or 0 and isstored by a capacitor in a memory chip using different electricalcurrents. Abbreviated b in data transfer rates – for example,10Kbps (10,000 bits per second).
Specification for linking devices such as mobilephones, computers and PDAs (personal digital assistants) overa short-range wireless connection. The maximum range overwhich it can operate is currently 10 metres, with data transferrates of up to 721Kbps (kilobits per second) supported.
Describes transmissions over a wire that cancarry multiple signals at once. Cable TV uses broadbandtransmissions.
Recording data to CD-R is a real-time processand cannot be interrupted, so most drives come with a bufferof memory to store information to cover times when the PC isnot supplying information. Buffer underrun occurs when thisbuffer is exhausted and the PC has not resumed sendinginformation to the drive.
The data path on the computer’s motherboard thatinterconnects the microprocessor and other components inexpansion slots.