Short for virtual LAN, a network of computers that behave as if they are connected to the same wire even though they may actually be physically located on different segments of a LAN. VLANs are configured through software rather than hardware, which makes them extremely flexible. One of the biggest advantages of VLANs is that when a computer is physically moved to another location, it can stay on the same VLAN without any hardware reconfiguration.
A cross-platform media player that can be used for playing multiple audio and video formats such as MPEG-2, MPEG-4, DivX, Ogg and others. VLC also supports DVD, VCD and various streaming protocols and can be used as a server to stream in unicast or multicast. VLC is available for many different operating systems including Windows, […]
Short for Very Long Instruction Word, a microprocessor design technology. A chip with VLIW technology is capable of executing many operations within one clock cycle. Essentially, a compiler reduces program instructions into basic operations that the processor can perform simultaneously. The operations are put into a very long instruction word that the processor then takes […]
Abbreviation of very large-scale integration, the process of placing thousands (or hundreds of thousands) of electronic components on a single chip. Nearly all modern chips employ VLSI architectures, or ULSI (ultra large scale integration). The line between VLSI and ULSI is vague.
Short for VESA Local-Bus, a local bus architecture created by the Video Electronics Standards Association ( VESA ). Although it was quite popular in PCs made in 1993 and 1994, it has been overshadowed by a competing local bus architecture called PCI.
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(VersaModule Eurocard bus) A 32-bit bus developed by Motorola, Signetics, Mostek and Thompson CSF. It is widely used in industrial, commercial and military applications with over 300 manufacturers of VMEbus products worldwide. VME64 is an expanded version that provides 64-bit data transfer and addressing.