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    • Address Bus

      Address Bus

      The address bus is the set of wire traces that is used to identify which address in memory the CPU is accessing. The number of wire traces in the address bus limits the maximum amount of RAM which the CPU can address. CPU Address Bus Sizes CPU Address Bus Size 8086 20 bit 8088 20

    • What is a Pneumatic Actuator?

      What is a Pneumatic Actuator?

      A pneumatic actuator is a device that is capable of converting energy from a pressurized gas into motion. There are several different types of pneumatic actuators and each of them are designed in a slightly different way. Pneumatic actuators can be used to produce both rotary and linear motion and are usually powered by an

    • Noise Canceling Headphones

      Noise Canceling Headphones

      Noise-canceling headphones are headsets that have the ability not just to block out noise but to cancel it using the properties of sound waves. Sound waves have compression and rarefaction characteristics similar to the crests and troughs of a transverse wave. They also have amplitude and frequency characteristics. These characteristics of sound waves are used

    • How Are Computers Made

      How Are Computers Made

      Because the modern world is built upon computers and other forms of technology, it is important for users to understand how computers work and how they are made. The construction of a computer may seem like a rather complicated process, and it is, but if taken one piece at a time, one can see that

    • Unbuffered Memory

      Unbuffered Memory

      Unbuffered memory, or unregistered memory, is memory in which no hardware register exists between a RAM chip and a memory controller. Unbuffered memory is not as stable as buffered memory, but is faster and cheaper to implement. While buffered memory may be necessary in some computer systems, such as high-end corporate servers and workstations, where

    • Live CD

      Live CD

      A live CD is a bootable CD-ROM disk that loads an operating system and has the ability to perform a specific set of tasks or functions. Live CD Minimum Requirements A system must have the following components to boot a live CD. Some items, such as a computer case, isn’t really necessary for a computer

    • Pointing Devices

      Pointing Devices

      A pointing device is any piece of hardware that is used to allow a user to input spatial data to a computer. By moving a mouse, pen or a finger around, a user can implement movements and changes on the computer screen. The most common type of pointing device is the mouse and the arrow.

    • EEPROM (Electrically Erasable Programmable Read-Only Memory)

      EEPROM (Electrically Erasable Programmable Read-Only Memory)

      EEPROM stands for Electrically Erasable Programmable Read-Only Memory. An EEPROM is like an EPROM chip since it can be written in or programmed more than once. Unlike the EPROM chip, however, an EEPROM chip need not be taken out of the computer or electronic device of which it is part when a new program or

    • Firmware

      Firmware

      We all use electronic devices, whether they are mobile phones, computer routers, MP3 players, cable boxes, etc. These electronic devices include hardware, the physical electronic components and software, programs that help these components run effectively. Firmware is a mix of both. Firmware Firmware is usually defined as a type of program that runs within an

    • Flash Memory

      Flash Memory

      Flash memory is a nonvolatile memory type that is constantly-powered. It has the capability to be reprogrammed or erased in various units of memory referred to as blocks. The technology is based on EEPROM (erasable programmable read-only memory) that is written and erased at the byte level which operates at a much slower rate than

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