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ABC of electronics terms

Click on the first letter of the electronic term you're looking for:
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(To find chips for distinct functions, see the functional pages.)

B

Bandwidth

Battery

Where Manufacturer
www.duracell.com/ Duracell
www.eveready.com/ Eveready
www.jhu.edu/news_info/news/home96/nov96/batt.html About plastic batteries
www.power-sonic.com/ Power-Sonic

Bearing

Where Manufacturer
www.danahermotion.com/ Used to be Thomson

Big Endian

See Endianess.

Binary to Decimal conversion

local Texts about binary to decimal conversion

Biochip

Chips whose functionaing is based on biological mechanisms like DNA.

See also Microelectronics, Microengineering and Nanotechnology for other alternative technologies.

BIOS

Basic Input Output System.
The startup and driver routines for a motherboard, making the OS above it 'independent' from the peculiarities of it's hardware.

www.computerssquare.com/Hardware_Components_BIOS.html At Computers Square
www.matrix-bios.nl/ The site about BIOS's
www.wimsbios.com/ Wim's BIOS Page
news:comp.sys.ibm.pc.hardware.chips Newsgroup
webopedia.internet.com/TERM/B/BIOS.html At Webopedia

BIOS makers:

scan.esupport.com/ ^ Microid Research (MrBios), now part of Phoenix-Award
scan.esupport.com/ ^ Phoenix-Award BIOS and AMIBIOS
www.ami.com/amibios/ AMI, American Megatrends
www.phoenix.com/ Award BIOS (bought by Phoenix 199809)
www.gensw.com/ General Software
www.ibm.com/ - Search for BIOS IBM
www.intel.com/ - Search for BIOS Intel
www.phoenix.com/ Phoenix
www.rocketsoftware.com/systemsoft/ SystemSoft was bought by Rocket Software in 2000

BIOS customization by OEM's

Books in English:

title order at Amazon USA price indication
BIOS Companion (paperback) ISBN: 1889671207 $40
BIOS Companion (ring-bound) ISBN: 1872498108 $25
PC BIOS Internals: Maximize Your PC'S BIOS ISBN: 1557553424 $30
Uninterrupted Interrupts: A Programmer's CD-ROM Reference to Network APIs and to BIOS, DOS and Third-Party Calls ISBN: 0201409666 $50
PC Bios: Improve and Upgrade Your PC'S Computing Power! ISBN: 1557553424 $24

Books in German:

title order at Amazon DE price indication
Das BIOS - Buch ISBN: 3772348343 DM 100
BIOS: Das Buch ISBN: 3815500249 DM 60
PC - Hardwarebuch, 6. Auflage ISBN: 3827314615 DM 120
BIOS Tuning: Top Ten Themen ISBN: 3815580331 DM 30
PC Hardware Referenz: Infos zur gesamten Hardware im schnellen Zugriff ISBN: 3827256062 DM 90
PC-BIOS für 386/486 Pentium Taschentabelle ISBN: 388963365X DM 10
Programmierleitfaden IBM ROM BIOS ISBN: 3528046465 DM 30
Das System - BIOS Pentium/Pentium Pro 2: Taschentabelle ISBN: 3889633749 DM 10

Books in Dutch:

title can't order directly price indication
Het BIOS-Boek + CD-ROM www.nl.bol.com/ - ISBN: 9043001120 Dfl 60
BIOS Tuning www.nl.bol.com/ - ISBN: 9051672225 Dfl 50
BIOS Gids www.nl.bol.com/ - ISBN: 9041904824 Dfl 50

See also: Chipset.



Bipolar transistor

www.americanmicrosemi.com/tutorials/bipolartransistor.htm

Biz Card Computer

Short for Business Card Sized Computer.

Blower

Where Manufacturer
www.ebm.com/ EBM/Papst

Board

www.techonline.com/ You need to register first!

Bubble memory

Bubble memory was for a few years 'the technology of the future'. It involves magnetic island in some sort of substrate and is read serially in rows, which are moved using a magnetic field. Some lap-tops used a bubble memory module as a floppy kind of storage, but it was not exchangable...

Their bit density per mm2 was soon after surpassed by the regular DRAM's and harddisks but perhaps there is still some niche market for bubble memory somewhere?
Hitachi produced them as BDG0103. I got a request for them around 199807.

Bluetooth

Short distance packet radio standard to connect laptops, mobile phones, PC's and much more.

www.bluetooth.com/ Official Bluetooth Site
bluetooth.startpagina.nl/ Many good links but some words in Dutch
www.esacademy.com/myacademy/classdescription.php?classid=13 Online Training: Introduction to Bluetooth
www.arc.com/ ARC development tool environment
www.atheros.com/ Atheros
www.cisco.com/ Cisco
www.intersil.com/ Intersil
www.lucent.com/ Lucent
direct.motorola.com/hellomoto/bluetoothpromotion/bluetooth.asp Motorola
www.murata.com/ Murata
www.nxp.com/ NXP, formerly Philips Semiconductors

Products:

www.nxp.com/search/?query=bluetooth Search at NXP

See also IRDA, a similar but infrared light based standard.

Bus

See CAN
See CompactPCI
See IDE
See ISDN
See MIDI
See PCI
See SCSI
See VME

See also PC related stuff.

Business Card Sized Computer

Small computer with the size of a business card. Those are the little credit card sized cards that business men exchange so they can more easily reach each other again to do business.

Other small PCB formats are:

www.spectrumengineering.com/ 68376 based Biz Card Computer
www.pemicro.com/ Card with 68F333, but also small?

See also under Board, when you're looking for a specific board.


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