Short for General Packet Radio Service, a standard for wireless communications which runs at speeds up to 115 kilobitsper second, compared with current GSM (Global System for Mobile Communications) systems’ 9.6 kilobits.
GPRS, which supports a wide range of bandwidths, is an efficient use of limited bandwidth and is particularly suited for sending and receiving small bursts of data, such as e-mail and Web browsing, as well as large volumes of data.
Acronym for GUID partition table Computers with an Intel Itanium processor use the Extensible Firmware Interface (EFI) between firmware, hardware, and OS. EFI has a new type of disk partitioning system, called the GUID (globally unique identifier) partition table (GPT). Unlike Master Boot Record (MBR) partitioned disks, data critical to platform operation is located in […]
- Graphics Processing Unit (GPU)
A GPU, or graphics processing unit, is used primarily for 3-D applications. It is a single-chip processor that creates lighting effects and transforms objects every time a 3D scene is redrawn. These are mathematically-intensive tasks, which otherwise, would put quite a strain on the CPU. Lifting this burden from the CPU frees up cycles that […]
- GPU clock
GPU clock is the graphics processor unit’s (GPU) clock speed, measured in megahertz (MHz). Also called Engine clock.
Acronym for General Responsibility Assignment Software Patterns. GRASP provides guidance for assigning responsibilities to classes and, to a limited extent, determining the classes that will be in a design in an object-oriented system.
Short for Global System for Mobile Communications, one of the leading digital cellular systems. GSM uses narrowband TDMA, which allows eight simultaneous calls on the same radio frequency. GSM was first introduced in 1991. As of the end of 1997, GSM service was available in more than 100 countries and has become the de facto […]