Abbreviation of Apple Desktop Bus, a type of communications pathway built into all pre-G4 versions of the Apple Macintosh computer since the SE (except the iMac and the ibook). It is used to connect low-speed input devices such as the keyboard and mouse. ADB ports are designated with the icon. A single ADB port can support as many as 16 simultaneous input devices.
(1) Acronym for ATA Disk on Chip. ADC is a chip that contains both a solid state disk (SSD) and an ATAPI bus interface. ADC is housed in a 600 mm 32-pin DIP package and uses a standard ATA/IDE protocol. ATA Disk on Chip is most commonly used in thin client systems, PDAs and other […]
Short for add/drop multiplexing, a multiplexing function used in SONET optical technology but can also be used in electric signal transmissions. ADM allows new signals to come in and existing signals to be dropped from a carrier channel by passing through an add/drop multiplexer. The goal of ADM is to add and drop signals without […]
Short for ActiveX Data Objects, Microsoft’s newest high-level interface for data objects. ADO is designed to eventually replace Data Access Objects (DAO) and Remote Data Objects (RDO). Unlike RDO and DAO, which are designed only for accessing relational databases, ADO is more general and can be used to access all sorts of different types of […]
(pronounced as separate letters) Short for alternate data stream, a function of Microsoft’s NTFS file system in which files can be embedded in other files and are invisible to the user through Windows Explorer (i.e., the ADS does not affect the size, function or display of the main file the ADS is attached to). While […]
(1) Short for Analog Display Services Interface (Bellcore standard). (2) Short for Active Directory Service Interfaces (Microsoft).