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ABC of electronics terms

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(To find chips for distinct functions, see the functional pages.)

A

Adapter

Where Manufacturer
www.az-com.com/ AZ-Com They make extenders
www.emulation.com/ Emulation Technology Inc

ADC

Analog to Digital Converter

www.picotech.com/ Pico* Technology PC based test equipment

ADPCM

Adaptive Differential Pulse Code Modulation.

This is a compression technique for PCM* (see there) coded voice data. Adaptive means that both the sender and the receiver calculate what the next sample will probably be based on the fact that the data is assumed to consists of only one human voice at the time or of a slow modem* (1200 baud* or such). (Both kinds of signals consist of only one frequency at the time). Differential means that only the difference between the real sample and the predicted sample are being transmitted. Typically the sample size of PCM* can be reduced from 8 bits to 4 bits or even 3 bits without any loss of quality. Modern sound cards can normally also code and decode ADPCM*.

See als PCM* and codec*.

ADSL

Asymmetric Digital Subscriber Loop

This is one of the new DSL protocols which should allow high bit rates over conventional copper telephone lines from the telephone exchange to the house (the local loop). The speed from the exchange to the house is higher than the other way around, hence 'assymetric'.

www.broadband-forum.org/ DSL Forum
alumnus.caltech.edu/~dank/isdn/adsl.html by Dan Kegel

Some of the major players in the multimedia/modem* chipset world include:

AGP

Accelerated Graphics Port (by Intel)

Intel announces accelerated graphics port 1.0 specification

FOLSOM, CALIF. -- August 5, 1996 -- Intel Corporation today announced the Accelerated Graphics Port (A.G.P.) interface 1.0 specification. Available on the world wide web, the A.G.P. 1.0 specification consists of the necessary electrical and signal information that will enable graphics hardware developers and system OEMs to both design and use graphics controllers on the graphics port.

www.agpforum.org/ Accelerated Graphics Port Implementors Forum

Amiga

Computer made by Commodore as a successor to the 8 bit line of 6502 based Commodore64's etc.

See also:

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There are many possible links, but here are just a few:

Amplifier

Where Manufacturer
www.spectrummicrowave.com/ Amplifonix

Analog

Analog means that every voltage level is used as separate data whereas in a digital single only the extreme voltage like 0 and 5 volt are considered to be separate data states. Analog systems can carry much more data but their hardware is more expensive and they can suffer from all kinds of noise. To have a digital signal carry the same amount of information as an analog signal a much higher frequency (and thus bandwidth) is needed.

An analog 'GAL' is called a FPAA or a TRAC.

www.analog.com/ Subscribe to the Analog and Mixed Signal eNewsletter
www.industrycommunity.com/index.htm Analog Circuit Design Forum: circuit designs questions of all kinds are welcome.


Analyzer

Where Manufacturer
www.lecroy.com/ Lecroy Corp

ANSI

American National Standards Institute (?)

See also CCITT, CEN, DIN, IEEE, ISO, NEN

Antenna

An antenna is used by a receiver to pick-up the signal from the air. Some devices may use an internal antenna or use one of the other cables connected to the device (of the head phone for example) as the antenna so it seems to be absent.

www.bwantennas.com/ - Barker and Williams

ASA

Advanced SCSI Architecture.

www.seagate.com/support/kb/disc/asa2.html More by the developers

ASIC design

Application Specific Integrated Circuit

Where Manufacturer
local ASIC design houses
www.computerssquare.com/Hardware_Components_ASICsandChips.html At Computers Square

COMSOL has the largest range of embedded development tools in Europe.

Assembler

local More on this page
www.nolm.org/TAE/ASSEMBLE.HTM by Eddie LeMay

ATA

www.t13.org/ T13 Technical Committee home page (ATA and ATAPI)

ATAPI

www.t13.org/ T13 Technical Committee home page (ATA and ATAPI)
www.seagate.com/support/kb/disc/ata_to_ultraata66.html ATA to Ultra ATA/66
See also:
ISDN Chips from Cologne Chip Designs work from 3V-5V!

ATM

Asynchronous Transfer Mode or Automatic Teller Machine.

See also ISDN.

Audio

An audio chip is like the chips used in business cards or greeting cards. Some sound like a telephone ringing, or doorbell, etc.
One of the manufacuturers in America is Clegg Industries of California.

See also Speech.

Book:

title order at Amazon USA price indication
Audio IC* Projects ISBN: 0750621214 $25

Automotive

Electronics that are meant to be used in automobiles.


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