Short for ball grid array, a surface-mount integrated circuit package in which the die is attached to the printed circuit board with either plastic or ceramic solder balls instead of metal leads that are used in other packaging. BGA is similar to PGA packaging, but the pins are replaced with balls of solder to allow more contact points between the die and the circuit board. BGAs have better electrical and thermal performance and occupy less space than leaded packages. A disadvantage of BGAs is that they do not have the flexibility that a leaded package has under extreme temperatures and mechanical stress, which means that the solder joints can crack under certain conditions such as applications in the aerospace industry.
BGAN, or Broadband Global Area Network is a satellite based uplink that provides broadband speeds. BGAN provides seamless network coverage across about 85 percent of the world’s land mass, so users can get broadband wherever they roam, not just in major metropolitan areas. With a single BGAN device, you can access broadband data applications at […]
Short for Border Gateway Protocol, an exterior gateway routing protocol that enables groups of routers (called autonomous systems) to share routing information so that efficient, loop-free routes can be established. BGP is commonly used within and between Internet Service Providers (ISPs). The protocol is defined in RFC 1771.
Acronym for Browser Helper Object.A Browser Helper Object is a DLL that allows developers to customize and control Internet Explorer. When Internet Explorer starts it reads the registry to locate any installed BHOs and then creates them. Created BHO’s have access to all the events and properties of that browsing session. Every time a new […]
- Basic Input/Output System (BIOS)
(bī´ōs) Acronym for basic input/output system, the built-in software that determines what a computer can do without accessing programs from a disk. On personal computers (PCs), the BIOS contains all the code required to control the keyboard, display screen, disk drives, serial communications, and a number of miscellaneous functions. The ROM BIOS Explained The BIOS […]
- BIOS flash utility
A utility that can be used to save, manage and update a motherboard BIOS, with some allowing you to update the BIOS in Windows a environment, if the motherboard supports this. The BIOS flash utility commonly will save your current BIOS file, download the latest version from the manufacturer using your Internet connection, update the […]