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Interm. Progr. vocab

Intermediate Programming August 2013 vocabulary

DefinitionsTerms
Chip inside the computer that performs most data processing (not abbreviated, typed out) Central processing unit
Group of microchips on the motherboard that control timing and data flow Chipset
Converts AC voltage external source to DC voltage Power supply
Battery on the motherboard that includes the date, time, and port configurations CMOS RAM
System of pathways on which data and electrical power move (non-plural) Bus
Circuits mounted in expansion slots Expansion cards
The largest, most important circuit board Motherboard
The faster of the two in a chipset Northbridge
Holds anticipated data and instructions needed by controller (two words) Memory cache
Temporary storage used by the processor (not RAM, 2 words) Primary memory
Enables data to persist after machine turned off Secondary memory
Temporary, can’t hold data very long and must be refreshed Volatile memory
Stable, can hold data as long as electricity is powering the memory Non-volatile memory
When a processor contains more than one ALU Multiprocessing
Small holding areas on processor chip Registers
Created by: a.holmes