Refers to the number of bits that can be processed or transmitted in parallel, or the number of bits used for single element in a data format. The term is often applied to the following:
microprocessor: indicates the width of the registers. A 32-bit microprocessor can process data and memory addresses that are represented by 32 bits.
bus : indicates the number of wires in the bus. A 32-bit bus transmits 32 bits in parallel.
graphics device, such as a scanner or digital camera : specifies the number of bits used to represent each pixel. Typically 24 bits are used for color and the remaining 8 bits are used for control information.
operating system: refers primarily to the number of bits used to represent memory addresses.
- 3480, 3490
The IBM designation for families of half-inch magnetic tape drives typically used on mainframes and AS/400s. The 3480 drives use 18-track cartridges at 38000 bpi to yield 200MB. The 3490 uses built-in compression to obtain 400MB. The 3490e records 36 tracks and uses longer tape to hold 800MB. Tape libraries are available that hold from […]
One of the largest networking companies in the world. The name is derived from the prefixes of three terms — computer, communication, and compatibility. The company was founded in 1979 by Dr. Robert Metcalfe, one of the co-inventors of Ethernet. 3COM offers a wide array of products, with special emphasis on hubs, switches, routers, modems, […]
A technology that supports photo-realistic graphics, full-motion video, and CD-quality sound. The first applications of this technology were stand-alone devices used for playing games, but the technology is beginning to find its way into PCs in the form of expansion boards.
- 3D Stereo technology
A technology that provides a more realistic view of 3D game visuals providing a more real 3D scene that allows you to better interact with the on-screen media. 3D Stereo technology on the PC requires both a software driver and a hardware device, such as stereo glasses, virtual reality hardware, or 3D displays. NVIDIA also […]
- 3D space ball
In virtual reality environments, 3D space ball is a sensor ball device used to move 3D models. It works similar to how users interact with a mouse on a computer system.